Philosophy Major


35 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Major Requirements

PHI-214Introduction to Logic

3 credits

PHI-250Ancient Philosophy

3 credits

PHI-255Modern Philosophy

3 credits

PHI-498Philosophy Seminar

1 credit

PHI-490Philosophy Capstone

1 credit

PHI Upper Division-Upper Division (300- or 400-level) Philosophy Courses

9 credits

PHI-498: Required to be taken yearly (1-4 credits)

Complete 9 elective credits from the following:

PHI ELEC-Any PHI course

Up to six credits from the following may count toward the Philosophy Elective requirement:

COM-360 Topics in the Philosophy of Communication

POE-250 Introduction to Political Philosophy

POE-255 Introduction to Political Philosophy through Plato

POE-350 Topics in Political Philosophy


Creative Activity Course 3 credits

Take 3 credits from the approved Creative Activities courses.


Upon successful completion of this major, students will be able to:

1) Write a philosophical paper. This entails presenting a thesis or claim in a mid-sized paper while utilizing multiple sources accurately and analyzing the relationship between the sources clearly.
2) Read philosophical texts independently. This entails analyzing or reflecting on the relationships between primary and secondary sources while utilizing appropriate concepts, theories, and methodologies.
3) Conduct research in philosophy. This entails identifying a focused and manageable topic or problem in philosophy and locating multiple relevant sources that are cited and evaluated accurately.
4) Engage philosophical literature of non-dominant cultures and communities. This entails incorporating and examining content related to issues and artifacts of cultures and communities that are under-represented or marginalized, often on the basis of gender, racial, ethnic, religious, or diasporic identity.
5) Analyze philosophical ideas and arguments. This entails presenting a clear, accurate, and meaningful assessment of a philosophical argument.
6) Analyse relevant ethical principles, theories, or positions in philosophy. This entails careful examination of primary sources in ethics while utilizing disciplinary tools to explain and evaluate ethical tests or issues.
7) Analyze relevant problems in philosophy. This entails careful examination of the main issues, arguments, and approaches related to the problem through analysis of multiple sources.