The department offers both a major and a minor program that combine necessary structure with the freedom to follow an individually oriented course of study.
The minimum requirement for the major is ten semester courses in philosophy. Majors must complete the five requirements below. Note: only one introductory course (PHIL110 or Montserrat) can count toward the major.
- Two Courses in the History of Philosophy: 1) either Ancient (225) or Medieval Philosophy (230); and 2) either Early Modern Philosophy (235) or Modern Philosophy (241).
- One Course in Theoretical Philosophy: either Metaphysics (201); Theory of Knowledge (209), Philosophy of Mind (261), Process Philosophy (252), Philosophy of Science (271), Philosophy of Biology (272), or Phenomenology (245).
- One Course in Practical Philosophy: either Ethics (204); Foundations of Ethics (207); Environmental Political Philosophy (247); Environmental Philosophy (249); Medical Ethics (250); Theory of Value (256); Political Philosophy (265); or Contemporary Political Philosophy (267).
- One Course in Logic: either Symbolic Logic (215) or Logic and Language (242).
- In addition to these courses, students must take at least two advanced (300-level) seminars.
The minimum requirement for the minor is six semester courses in philosophy. Minors must complete the three requirements below. Note: only one introductory course (PHIL110 or Montserrat) can count toward the minor.
- One Course in the History of Philosophy: either Ancient (225), Medieval (230), Early Modern (235) or Modern Philosophy (241)
- One Course from either theoretical or practical philosophy as defined above.
- At least one advanced (300-level) seminar.
Common Area Requirement
The College's "P" (for Philosophy) common area requirement can be fulfilled by taking any of the following:
- Philosophy 110, or,
- a one year Montserrat seminar carrying a P (usually taught by a member of the philosophy department), or,
- any 200 level philosophy course except PHIL 215.