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. Chad Kidd ( ). His office hours are by 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)


Please note that some PHIL 20000-level courses can count as major electives, contact your professor or the department chair with questions



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.


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