Faculty: John P. Casey (Chair), Sally A. Fischer
The major in Philosophy may serve as the focus of a broad range of liberal arts courses or as the core of a concentrated study of philosophy, perhaps as preparation for graduate study in Philosophy, any other area of humanities, or the law. With an emphasis on the relevance of philosophy to real life issues, the courses in the major also provide the skills and understanding required for leading a well-examined life.
Requirements: A minimum 40 credits distributed as follows:
A minimum grade of "C" is required for all courses counting toward the major. Substitution or transfer and other courses, including Special Topics in Philosophy courses, may be approved by the faculty in Philosophy. 300-level courses require one previous course in Philosophy as a prerequisite or permission of instructor. 400-level courses require one previous 300-level course or permission of the instructor.
Electives: Majors are encouraged to choose a focus within philosophy, such as environmental ethics, 20th century Continental philosophy, or non-Western philosophy; and to pursue such required courses and electives in Philosophy, and a wide range of courses outside of Philosophy as contribute to that focal interest.
A minor in Philosophy complements any major, but it may be especially useful to those interested in literature, history, political science, law, women's studies, or the environment.
Requirements: The minor in Philosophy consists of 20 credits in Philosophy, including no more than two 100-level courses, with an average QPA of 2.0.