Philosophy Major

Additional Information on the Department of Philosophy

All students majoring in philosophy and not writing an honors thesis must complete a total of nine courses (27 credits) in philosophy. All students majoring in philosophy and writing an honors thesis must complete ten courses (31 credits). In this case, honors thesis work in H499 and H500 counts for two courses and seven credits. (One of these seven credits is a writing requirement credit.) In addition to the standard major, the department offers two more specialized tracks within the major: Law, Morality, and Society; and Language, Mind, and Knowledge.


Honors Thesis
Standard Major

For the standard major in philosophy the specific course requirements are:


The two course sequence in the history of philosophy
One course in logic:
One course in ethics
Additional Information

At least two of the remaining courses must be at the 600 level. No more than three of the required nine courses can be at the 100 level.


Concentration in Law, Morality, and Society
For the concentration in Law, Morality, and Society the specific course requirements are:
The two course sequence in classics of political philosophy
One course in critical thinking or logic
Four other courses in ethics, political philosophy or the philosophy of law
Additional Information

One course outside these areas at the 300 level or above. At least two courses must be at the 600 level.


Concentration in Language, Mind, and Knowledge
For the concentration in Language, Mind, and Knowledge the specific course requirements are:
The two course sequence in the history of philosophy
One course in logic
Five other courses in philosophy of language, mind, or knowledge
Additional Information

One course outside of these areas at the 3000 level or above. At least two of these courses must be at the 6000 level.