Philosophy Concentrations

Philosophy Major

Student in classBuilding upon the core courses in ethics and theory of knowledge, students majoring in philosophy go on to complete a total of 36 hours of course work. This includes a course in symbolic logic plus eight electives which are distributed between courses in the history of philosophy (four courses) and free electives (four courses). In addition, majors will also take a specialized course in metaphysics restricted only to students who have declared a major or minor in philosophy. Majors are required to complete study of at least one foreign language through reading competency.

Students who intend to go on to graduate school with an interest in ancient or medieval philosophy will find a reading knowledge of Greek and Latin necessary; those who intend to concentrate on modern or contemporary philosophy should look to French or German. 

The major program culminates in the preparation of a thesis during the student's final year. Majors work closely with a mentoring faculty member to prepare a lengthy research project to demonstrate the student's mastery over the discipline. An oral defense of the thesis and a written comprehensive examination complete the requirements for the major program. The major leads to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree.

The following is an outline of one possible course sequence for philosophy majors. Schedules will be tailored to students' specific academic plans and interests.

Freshman Year

First Semester Semester Hours Second Semester Semester Hours
HISTORY I 3 HISTORY II 3
FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Elective
3 FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Elective
3
SCIENCE
Elective
3 SCIENCE
Elective
3
THEOLOGY 111 Theological Foundations 3 PHILOSOPHY 100 Ethics as Intro. to Philosophy 3
SOCIAL SCIENCE Elective 3 ENGLISH 101 or 115 English Composition or Rhetoric 3
Total 15 Total 15

Sophomore Year

First Semester Semester Hours Second Semester Semester Hours
MATH
Elective
3 MATH
Elective
3
FINE ARTS
Elective
3 SCIENCE
Elective
3
PHILOSOPHY 290
Theory of Knowledge
3 PHILOSOPHY 301or 304
Ancient Philosophy or
Early Modern Philosophy
3
LITERATURE
Elective
3 ENGLISH 205
Literature & the Moral Imagination
3
    General Elective 3
THEOLOGY
Scrip/Hist or Christ Sys Elective
3    
Total 15 Total 15

Junior Year

First Semester Semester Hours Second Semester Semester Hours
PHILOSOPHY 311 Symbolic Logic 3 PHILOSOPHY 340 Metaphysics 3
PHILOSOPHY 302 or 309
Medieval Christian Philosophy or Medieval, Islamic/Jewish Philosophy
3 PHILOSOPHY 306 or 308
Twentieth Century Continental Philosophy or Late Modern Philosophy
3
GENERAL
Electives
6 SOCIAL SCIENCE
Elective
3
PHILOSOPHY
Elective
3 THEOLOGY
Ethics or Rel/Cult Elective
3
    GENERAL
Elective
3
Total 15 Total 15

Senior Year

First Semester Semester Hours Second Semester Semester Hours
PHILOSOPHY 398
Thesis Review I
1 PHILOSOPHY 399
Thesis Review II
2
PHILOSOPHY
Seminar
3 PHILOSOPHY
Electives
6
GENERAL
Electives
9 GENERAL
Electives
6
E/R&S FOCUS
Elective

3

   
Total 16 Total 14