A philosophy major prepares students for graduate work leading to college teaching, or for professional schools in areas such as law, medicine, religion, and social service. A philosophy major also is a solid basis for any broad program of humanistic studies. A minor in philosophy can complement other areas of study that raise questions about values or methodology, including law, business, education, and the sciences.
The Department of Philosophy offers its students the opportunity to focus their major program by following one of the following four tracks: History of Philosophy; Critical Social Philosophy; Philosophy, Law, and Politics; Health, Ethics and Science. Or, the major can design his or her own program of study within the following parameters:
- Introduction to Philosophy (PL 101)
- Two seminars (PL 450), or one seminar and a senior thesis (PL 495).
- Nine additional courses, with at least four on the 200 level and at least four on the 300 level.