Course Requirements

Basic Prerequisite (1)

Cognitive Skills (1)

History Sequence (3)

Systematic Themes (2)

300 Level Courses (4)

  • Four 300 level Philosophy courses

Electives (2)

  • Two courses from any of the Philosophy Department's 200 or 300 level course offerings.

Capstone Seminar (1)

​Extra Curricular Activities

The regular program of courses is supplemented by philosophical symposia, departmental coloquia, and mini-courses featuring prominent philosophers.  Each student is expected to consult with his or her departmental advisor on course selection. With departmental permission, a senior may take one course selected from the graduate offerings in philosophy. He or she may take this course on a pass/fail basis. Certain courses in other departments are acceptable equivalents for philosophy credit. Seniors who have a superior record in philosophy may petition to do a Senior Thesis.  (Please note that PHL 100 or HON 105 is the prerequisite for all 300-level philosophy courses; it is also the prerequisite for all 200 level cognitive skills courses as well as the 200 level history sequence.) ​

PHL 100

PHILOSOPHY AND ITS ISSUES

An introduction to basic philosophical concepts, methods, and problems.

PHL 280

CRITICAL THINKING

A study of argumentation as it occurs in everyday life, the media, etc.

PHL 281

BASIC LOGIC

A study of fundamental logical concepts and techniques, methods of argument, and ways of detecting fallacies.

PHL 282

SYMBOLIC LOGIC I

Symbolic Logic

PHL 283

SYMBOLIC LOGIC II

A study of the methods and techniques of formulating and evaluating arguments with the help of symbolic notation.

PHL 293

ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY

A study of selected thinkers and issues from ancient Greece.

PHL 294

MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY

A study of selected thinkers and issues from the Medieval period.

PHL 295

EARLY MODERN PHILOSOPHY

A study of some of the main philosophers and philosophical movements from the 17th and 18th centuries.

PHL 296

KANT & 19TH CENTURY PHILOSOPHY

A study of Kant and some of the most influential thinkers of the 19th century. Formerly PHL 313.

PHL 297

20TH CENTURY PHILOSOPHY

A study of selected thinkers and issues from the 20th century.

PHL 314

SURVEY OF ETHICS

An intensive study of the broad range of the history of and approaches to ethics.

PHL 315

SURVEY OF POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY

An intensive study of the broad range of the history of and approaches to political philosophy.

PHL 320

METAPHYSICS

A critical examination of selected metaphysical systems and issues.

PHL 321

EPISTEMOLOGY

An investigation of some of the central issues in the philosophy of knowledge, including the nature of knowledge, truth and certainty.

PHL 341

AESTHETICS

A study of the relationship of philosophy and the arts, with a critical appraisal of theories of beauty.

PHL 391

SENIOR CAPSTONE SEMINAR

A capstone seminar on selected topics in philosophy, that integrates the goals of the liberal studies program.

 

HON 105

PHILOSOPHICAL INQUIRY

Providing an introduction to philosophy as a mode of inquiry, this course explores, from a variety of perspectives, the questions central to the human condition, placing philosophical positions within the context of human values. Students will address the themes of knowledge, action, and human identity, considering how one thinks critically about such questions and what it means to inquire about the human condition in a rational manner. Readings will be drawn from both primary philosophical texts and relevant material from other disciplines.
Prerequisites:
Membership in the University Honors Program is a prerequisite for this class.