This program is designed to provide students with a broad philosophical background both in the history of philosophy and in the systematic study of philosophical questions.

Bachelor Degree Programs for Philosophy Majors

Two programs are available for a major in philosophy: Concentration and Pre-Law. Students may elect enrollment in either the School of Arts and Sciences (12-course requirement) or the School of Philosophy (14-course requirement). Either of these programs may be combined with a major in another discipline.

Prerequisites for ALL Major Courses

  • PHIL 201 - The Classical Mind
  • PHIL 202 - The Modern Mind

Concentration Curriculum
Required for all majors (12 courses):

  • 302 - Introductory Logic
  • 309A - Theories of Ethics
  • 331A - Philosophy of Knowledge
  • 353 - History of Ancient Philosophy
  • 354 - History of Medieval Philosophy
  • 355 - Metaphysics I
  • 356 - Metaphysics II
  • 453 - History of Modern Philosophy
  • 454 - Contemporary Philosophy
  • 455 - Junior Seminar
  • 456 - Senior Seminar


Elective (one of the following):

  • 310 - Philosophy of Art
  • 311 - Contemporary Moral Issues
  • 313A - Philosophy of Human Nature (see below)
  • 315 - Philosophy of Language
  • 317 - Philosophy of Religion
  • 328 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences
  • 329A - Philosophy of Science and Nature (see below)
  • 332A - Political Philosophy
  • 333A - Philosophy of Natural Right and Natural Law
  • 334 - Philosophy in the Islamic World
  • 403 - Morality and Law

Additional Requirements for students enrolled in the School of Philosophy (2 courses):

  • 313A - Philosophy of Human Nature
  • 329A - Philosophy of Science and Nature

Comprehensive examinations are administered during the second semester of the senior year.

Descriptions of all courses may be found here.