The major program in philosophy consists of a minimum of 34 semester hours (twelve courses) in philosophy. Double majors may apply up to two courses from another department to the major in philosophy upon approval of the chair of the department of philosophy. These courses should support or complement a student’s interests within philosophy. The following courses are required of all majors: Logic (MATH 120), the history sequence (PHIL 251-252), the internship (PHIL 450), capstone (PHIL 401), and three other PHIL courses at the 300 or 400-level. The internship in philosophy allows students to explore application of the major to a career field. Philosophy Capstone allows students to explore and develop their own philosophy. Students who have not earned at least a 2.25 cumulative GPA, who do not qualify for admission to an internship, must take a directed Field Studies in Philosophy. Double majors and students who have a minor in education may petition for exemption from the philosophy internship. We strongly recommend that majors and minors take a course in non-western philosophy. RELS 225 Buddhism and MATH 120 Logic count on the major and the minor as courses in philosophy.
A minor program in philosophy will consist of 15 semester hours in philosophy: PHIL 251-252 and three other courses, at least one of which must be at the 300 or 400 level. Since philosophical questions are concerned with the nature of reality and knowledge and how we conduct our lives, philosophical inquiry leads to the investigation of other disciplines and areas of knowledge. Thus, students may want to double major in philosophy and some other discipline or otherwise combine interdisciplinary work with a major in philosophy (for example, a philosophy major and women's studies minor). We think a minor in philosophy is especially valuable for non-humanities and science majors and a natural choice for students in the humanities.