Arts & Sciences Philosophy

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College: Arts & Sciences
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science
Hours Required: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 for graduation
Minor Available: Yes
Advisor: Aaron Bronfman, Harry Ide
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Philosophy

COLLEGE: Arts & Sciences

MAJOR: Philosophy

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

HOURS REQUIRED: 120

MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.0 for graduation

MINOR AVAILABLE: Yes

ADVISOR: Aaron Bronfman, Harry Ide

DESCRIPTION

Chair: Joseph Mendola, 1009 Oldfather Hall

Professors: Becker, Casullo, Henderson, McKitrick, Mendola, van Roojen

Associate Professors: Bronfman, Brunero, Hayaki, Ide

Assistant Professor: McLear

Philosophy is the critical study of the fundamental concepts and assumptions involved in all central areas of human experience, including religion, morality, science, and art. The department offers an introduction to philosophy course designed for the general student, as well as introductory courses in logic and current issues.

The basic philosophy curriculum includes courses in the history of philosophy covering the period which begins with the development of rational inquiry by the philosophers of ancient Greece and which concludes with the construction of the modern philosophical systems of the Enlightenment as well as courses in each of the major fields of philosophical study: ethics, which is concerned with the basis of morality; metaphysics, which explores different views about what fundamentally exists; epistemology, which examines the nature and limits of human knowledge; and logic, which studies general methods of reasoned argument and analysis.

A number of courses reflect the role of philosophy in investigating the fundamental concepts and assumptions of other disciplines, including courses in medical ethics, the philosophy of law, the philosophy of science, and the philosophy of mathematics.

Other courses focus on the role of philosophy in the critical analysis of basic evaluative conceptions and assumptions. Courses in political philosophy critically examine the evaluative concepts and assumptions involved in our beliefs about government, individual liberty, and social and economic justice. Courses in the philosophy of religion do the same for beliefs about the nature and existence of God and about the relations between faith and knowledge.

The department also offers courses in aesthetics, the philosophical study of art, music, and literature understood as fundamental forms of human culture and significant expressions of the human spirit.

The interdisciplinary character of philosophy, together with its focus on evaluative issues and its unique emphasis on general methods of reasoned argument and analysis, leads to an unusually broad and intellectually sound major for students preparing themselves for such professions as law, medicine, social work, government service, and the ministry. The philosophy major is indispensable for those who wish to prepare for a career as a philosopher within a college or university setting.

Students interested in majoring in philosophy or in selecting philosophy courses specially relevant to their studies are invited to visit with the advisor for the department or the department chair.

Pre-Law Students. Pre-law students may benefit especially from courses in logic (PHIL 110, PHIL 211), philosophy of law (PHIL 230), ethics and political philosophy (PHIL 221, PHIL 320, PHIL 325), and theory of knowledge (PHIL 301).

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Specific Major Requirements

All prospective majors must consult and register with a departmental undergraduate advisor.

1. A minimum of 30 hours of philosophy, with at least 24 hours in courses numbered 200 or above, and at least 12 hours in courses numbered 300 or above.

2. PHIL 400 Undergraduate Seminar in Philosophy

3. At least one of the following courses in logic:

PHIL 110 Introduction to Logic & Critical Thinking

PHIL 211 Introduction to Modern Logic

4. At least one of the following courses in the history of philosophy:

PHIL 231 History of Philosophy (Ancient)

PHIL 232 History of Philosophy (Modern)

PHIL 336 Ethics: Ancient & Medieval

PHIL 337 Knowledge: Ancient & Medieval

PHIL 338 Metaphysics: Ancient & Medieval

5. At least one of the following courses in value theory:

PHIL 320 Ethical Theory

PHIL 323 Topics in Applied Ethics

PHIL 325 Advanced Social Political Philosophy

6. At least one of the following courses in metaphysics and epistemology:

PHIL 301 Theory of Knowledge

PHIL 302 Introduction to Metaphysics

PHIL 305 Introduction to Philosophy of Language

PHIL 314 Problems in the Philosophy of Mind

PHIL 317 Philosophy of Science

Program Assessment. In order to assist the department in evaluating the effectiveness of its programs, majors will be required to complete an annual survey in the spring semester.

Results of participation in this assessment activity will in no way affect a student’s GPA or graduation.

ADDITIONAL MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Prerequisite Requirements/Rules

There are no prerequisites for courses below the 300 level. The prerequisites for courses at the 300 level are 3 hours or permission, unless otherwise stated. The prerequisites for courses at the 400 level are 9 hours of philosophy or permission, unless otherwise stated.

Extended Education, Independent Study Rules, Internship Credit Rules

Independent study courses (PHIL 299 and PHIL 399) must be antecedently approved by a Department of Philosophy undergraduate advisor if they are to count toward satisfying the major requirements.

REQUIREMENTS FOR MINOR OFFERED BY DEPARTMENT

  • A minimum of 15 hours in philosophy, with at least 12 hours in courses numbered 200 or above, and at least 6 hours in courses numbered 300 or above;
  • At least one course from at least two of the following categories:

Logic

PHIL 110 Introduction to Logic & Critical Thinking

PHIL 211 Introduction to Modern Logic

History of Philosophy

PHIL 231 History of Philosophy (Ancient)

PHIL 232 History of Philosophy (Modern)

PHIL 336 Ethics: Ancient & Medieval

PHIL 337 Knowledge: Ancient & Medieval

PHIL 338 Metaphysics: Ancient & Medieval

Value Theory

PHIL 320 Ethical Theory

PHIL 323 Topics in Applied Ethics

PHIL 325 Advanced Social Political Philosophy

Metaphysics and Epistemology

PHIL 301 Theory of Knowledge

PHIL 302 Introduction to Metaphysics

PHIL 305 Introduction to Philosophy of Language

PHIL 314 Problems in the Philosophy of Mind

PHIL 317 Philosophy of Science