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The philosophy major and minor aim to help students understand some of the foundational and applied lines of inquiry associated with philosophy, and to develop the thinking skills needed for this. Throughout the curriculum, there is a focus on clear evaluation of arguments and assessment of evidence, and on critical reading, writing, and analysis. In addition, the major and minor place a special emphasis on the incorporation of scientific data and methods (e.g. computer modeling and experimental methods) into philosophical arguments, and on application of philosophical methods across disciplinary boundaries. The reasoning and information assessment skills students gain can be fruitfully applied to many areas of inquiry outside of philosophy. The study of philosophy is both personally and professionally enriching. Philosophy training is associated with high test-scores on major standardized tests (GRE, LSAT, GMAT; see the data), and with competitive salary outcomes ("philosophy majors earn significantly more than most majors, especially over the long term" Forbes, 2017). A philosophy major is also a standard precursor to law school and other professional degree programs.

Program Learning Outcomes

The program learning outcomes for the major and minor can be found here.

Programs Offered

Information on the Philosophy BA requirements can be found here.
Information on the Philosophy minor requirements can be found here.

Course Descriptions

Current course descriptions can be found here. A list of our active courses is below:

PHIL 001: Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 002: Introduction to Ethics
PHIL 003: Contemporary Moral Problems
PHIL 004: Critical Reasoning
PHIL 005: Introduction to Logic
PHIL 008: Love, Sex, and Gender
PHIL 009: Phenomenology and Existentialism
PHIL 101: Metaphysics
PHIL 102: Epistemology
PHIL 103: Philosophy of Mind
PHIL 104: Ethical Theory
PHIL 105: Philosophy of Language
PHIL 106: Philosophy of Science
PHIL 107: Philosophy of Religion
PHIL 108: Political Philosophy
PHIL 109: Philosophy of Law
PHIL 110: Philosophy of Cognitive Science
PHIL 119: Topics in Philosophy of Science
PHIL 122: Bioethics
PHIL 128: Human Rights
PHIL 130: Ancient Philosophy
PHIL 131: Topics in Ancient Philosophy
PHIL 134: Modern Philosophy
PHIL 137: Topics in 19th Century Philosophy
PHIL 157: Philosophy of Love and Friendship
PHIL 160: Mathematical Logic
PHIL 171: Free Will in Philosophy and Cognitive Science
PHIL 173: Consciousness in Philosophy and Cognitive Science
PHIL 180: Topics in Philosophy
PHIL 191: Senior Philosophy Assessment and Thesis


Current Course Offerings

See the official course schedule here.