The philosophy major helps students respond to every person’s primary task: becoming the person he or she would like to be.
Philosophy students develop their own morally coherent identity by studying and questioning what great and wise people before them have said about the nature of the good life. At the same time, they develop critical-thinking skills useful in a wide range of careers from law to teaching.
Students majoring in philosophy study historical and contemporary answers to life’s fundamental questions and formulate their own answers. This active learning encourages them to become life-long learners and some will go on to graduate school.
Philosophy is a popular double major, often combined with psychology, business, or, perhaps, political science. Students find the combinations enhance their understanding and make them eminently employable.
Requirements for the Major in Philosophy (all courses 3 credits unless noted)
Total Credits for Major: 25-27
Minor: The department offers a minor made up of 18 credits in philosophy. Students wishing to minor in philosophy should consult the department chair.
Special RequirementsSeniors majoring in philosophy are required to complete a capstone project, usually a paper, that demonstrates the students’ learning over the course of the major.
This project may be done for a course being taken in the senior year or it may be a research project undertaken with a faculty member.
Learning Outcomes Philosophy majors will:
Philosophy Honors ProgramStudents who meet the following requirements will graduate with honors in the major.
A minimum cumulative GPA in philosophy of 3.5
A minimum cumulative overall GPA of 3.0.
Presentation of some philosophical work, either the student's capstone paper or some other independent research project, in a public forum. The public presentation may include, but is not limited to, a presentation of the paper or project to the Philosophy Club, a poster presentation open to the College, or an Honors colloquium of the College, or the SEPCHE colleges.