College of Arts and Sciences
Philosophy

Program Summary

  • Degrees and Specializations Offered

    Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Philosophy: In order to earn the bachelor of arts degree with a major in Philosophy, students must complete a minimum of 180 credits with a cumulative and major/program grade point average of 2.00

    Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Philosophy with Departmental Honors: The philosophy departmental honors major offers an opportunity for motivated and capable students to engage in more extensive interaction with faculty and to complete challenging individual research projects that will further their personal and professional goals.

    • Application to the major: To be accepted to the program, students must have a cumulative and major/program grade point average of 3.5. Students must be recommended to the program by a philosophy faculty member who will take responsibility for directing that student’s honors thesis, and they must be granted permission to participate in the program by the department chairperson.

    Interested students should apply in spring quarter of the junior year or fall quarter of the senior year. Upon acceptance, a Change of Major, Degree or Specialization form is submitted to the Office of the Registrar. Click here for degree requirements.

    Minor in Philosophy: In order to earn a minor in philosophy, students must complete 30 credits in philosophy. Students who have completed the Honors Program need an additional 10 elective philosophy credits to complete the minor.Click here for degree requirements.

    The Philosophy Minor Program is designed to reinforce a student's major area of study, to complement the acquisition of professional skills, and to broaden intellectual horizons. Many students develop an appreciation for philosophical thinking in their Core courses and wish to bring the depth and rigor of philosophical questioning to their other areas of academic interest. The Minor Program allows this dimension of their work to be represented in their undergraduate degree.

    A minor in philosophy can reinforce a major academic field of study by bringing fundamental questions and broad perspectives to bear upon that field. Philosophy students develop the ability to critique the problems and presuppositions that are at the heart of other areas of study. Philosophy provides ways of raising questions of ethics and values that bring an insightfulness to both scholarship and professional development. Students who are seeking careers that require creative and critical thinking, persuasive and precise writing, and the ability to penetrate and formulate complex arguments find all of these skills at work in the study of philosoph

    Concentrations in the Minor
    The department can assist students to design a special track in the philosophy minor that complements the student's major field. The following are examples of such tracks; they should be seen as suggestions rather than requirements.

    • Prelaw: Logic; Philosophy of Law: Social and Political Philosophy
    • Health Sciences: Health Care Ethics; Logic; Philosophy of Science
    • Business: Business Ethics; Social and Political Philosophy
    • Engineering: Ethics in Science and Technology; Logic; Philosophy of Science
    • Psychology: Phenomenology; Existentialism
    • English: Philosophy of Literature; Philosophy of Art; Existentialism

    The Philosophy Department's Administrative Assistant, Kate Reynolds, can provide the forms for declaring a minor in philosophy, and can arrange to meet with the department chairperson and other advisors.