Liberal Arts Philosophy Requirement

All students are expected to take four courses in philosophy as part of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Depending on a student’s degree program, this number may be reduced to three, e.g., for students in a B.S. program, or to two for students in professional degree programs. Students in professional degree programs such as engineering and nursing take a professional ethics course in addition to the two introductory courses (PHIL 362, PHIL 303).

The first two courses introduce students to philosophy and are prerequisites to all other philosophy courses.
PHIL 201 - The Classical Mind (PHIL 211 or HSPH 101 for honors students)
PHIL 202 - The Modern Mind (PHIL 202 or HSPH 102 for honors students)

Students with a three-course requirement choose one additional course from either one of the following two areas; students with a four-course requirement choose two additional courses, one from each of the following two areas:

Area I: Logic, Morality, and Action 

  • 301 - Reasoning and Argumentation
  • 303 - Biomedical Ethics
  • 309B - Theories of Ethics
  • 310 - Philosophy of Art
  • 311 - Contemporary Moral Issues
  • 332B - Political Philosophy
  • 333B - Philosophy of Natural Right & Natural Law
  • 403 - Morality and Law 

Area II: Nature, Knowledge, and God 

  • 305 - Metaphysics
  • 308 - Philosophy of God
  • 313B - Philosophy of Human Nature
  • 315 - Philosophy of Language
  • 317 - Philosophy of Religion
  • 328 - Philosophy of Social Sciences
  • 329B - Philosophy of Science and Nature
  • 331B - Philosophy of Knowledge
  • 334 - Philosophy in the Islamic World

Descriptions of all courses may be found here


For more information, contact:
Undergraduate Advisor, Office of the Associate Dean
Aquinas Hall, Room 200
Telephone: 202-319-5636