Philosophy Major BA
Practical Philosophy & Ethics
The Philosophy Major allows you to design you own individualized course of study in philosophy. Your major in philosophy will consist of 36 credits of coursework, at least 32 of which must be taught by the Philosophy Department; this includes a senior capstone project.
Typically, after taking a course or two, you will declare your major and then meet with a member of the philosophy faculty in order to devise a plan for your course of study. In addition to proposing a set of courses, that plan will also include a written rationale explaining the coherence of the set of courses you propose to take. Your plan of study must be approved by the Philosophy Department.
Recognizing that students choosing to major in philosophy may have a variety of goals and backgrounds, the philosophy faculty does not require a specific set of courses. We are unlikely, however, to approve a plan that does not include some study of the history of philosophy and some attention to the philosophically oriented study of diversity.
Acceptance to the Program
To be eligible for acceptance to the Philosophy major, students must submit a College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Program Declaration Form. Consult with an advisor before enrolling in courses toward the major.