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Major Requirements

Philosophy
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Major Requirements

Philosophy is concerned with understanding reality and human action through systematic analysis and argument. It surveys important and influential ideas of the past and present, examines their presuppositions, and provides students with the tools for a reflective, responsible, and successful life and career.  Philosophy teaches skills employers demand: analyzing ideas and arguments, writing clearly and persuasively, and organizing complex information.  Please see the “Why Philosophy” tab to the left to learn more about the advantages of majoring in Philosophy.  
 
If you need major advising please contact Prof. Katherine Ritchie.  Her office hours are posted in the department office (NAC 5/144). You can also find out when they happen by calling the department office at (212) 650-7291, or email her to set up an appointment.
 
Requirements for Major
 
1) One of the following (3 credits): 
PHIL 20100: Logical Reasoning 
PHIL 20200: Introduction to Logic
 
2) One of the following (3 credits):
PHIL 30500: History of Philosophy I: Ancient
PHIL 30600: History of Philosophy II: Modern
 
3) Eight additional Philosophy electives of your choice at the 30000 level or above (24 credits)
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30 credits total
 
Your eight electives can be any courses you choose at the 30000 level or above, including a second History of Philosophy course (that is not counted towards Major Requirement #2 above).  Majors are welcome to consult the Department Advisor or Department Chair to design a program to fit their academic interests (focusing, for example, on philosophy of science, metaphysics, politics and law, moral theory, or a variety of other departmental specialties).  Students may also jointly major or minor in another discipline, such as English, History, Political Science, Economics, Psychology, Physics, Biology, or Mathematics.
 
Here is a handy requirements for Major checklist.pdf
 
Awards
 
The department awards prizes annually for excellence in various areas.  The specific awards change from year to year.  Some recent examples are the following:
Brittain Prize: Moral Philosophy
Felix S. Cohen Prize: Philosophy of Law
Ketchum Prize: History of Philosophy
Sperling Award: Best Student
Ward Medal: General Excellence in Philosophy