Philosophy Major

Requirements for the Major in Philosophy

A major in philosophy consists of 40  credits excluding PHI118.

History of Philosophy (4 credits):
PHI202 History of Philosophy I: Ancient through Medieval
PHI203 History of Philosophy II: Early Modern Philosophy
PHI204 History of Philosophy III: Late Modern Philosophy
PHI370 Special Topics: Recent Philosophy

Knowledge, Truth, and Method (12 credits):

PHI212 Formal Logic
PHI411 Epistemology
One of the following:
    PHI210 Understanding Reality with Physics and Philosophy
    PHI310 Language and Interpretation
    PHI415 American Pragmatism
    PHI371 Special Topics: Knowledge, Truth and Method

Faith and Reason (4 credits):

One of the following:            
    PHI220 Philosophy of Religion
    PHI321 C.S. Lewis and the Christian Imagination
    PHI322 Kierkegaard                
    PHI420 Postmodernity and Religious Belief
    PHI372 Special Topics: Faith and Reason

Virtue and Value (8 credits):

PHI230 Ethics
One of the following:    
    PHI223/POL223 Theories of Politics
    PHI233 Environmental Ethics
    PHI234 Aesthetics
    PHI235/LAW235 Philosophy of Law   
    PHI237 Moral Education                
    PHI238 Philosophy and Literature
    PHI330 Contemporary Ethics                
    PHI331 Community, Politics, and the Good Life
    PHI373 Special Topics: Virtue and Value

Existence and Being (8 credits):

PHI413 Metaphysics
One of the following:
    PHI240 Philosophy of Women: Women’s Knowing, Doing, Being
    PHI241 Brains, Minds, and Persons    
    PHI374 Special Topics: Existence and Being
    PHI441 Human Condition
    PHI473 Gender Today: Philosophical and Theological Perspectives

Senior Seminar (4 credits):

PHI491 Senior Seminar: Research Methods
PHI492 Seminar: Writing and Defense
 

DOUBLE MAJORS
Students who have declared a major in philosophy and wish to add a second major, or students who have declared another major and wish to add philosophy as a second major, must meet the following requirements:

History of Philosophy (4 credits):
One of the following:
    PHI202 History of Philosophy I: Ancient through Medieval
    PHI203 History of Philosophy II: Early Modern Philosophy
    PHI204 History of Philosophy III: Late Modern Philosophy
    PHI370 Special Topics: Recent Philosophy

Knowledge, Truth, and Method (8 credits):

PHI212 Formal Logic  
PHI411 Epistemology

Faith and Reason (4 credits):

One of the following:            
    PHI220 Philosophy of Religion
    PHI321 C.S. Lewis and the Christian Imagination
    PHI322 Kierkegaard                
    PHI420 Postmodernity and Religious Belief
    PHI372 Special Topics: Faith and Reason

Virtue and Value (4 credits):

PHI230 Ethics

Existence and Being (4 credits):

PHI413 Metaphysics

Senior Seminar (2 credits):

PHI491 Senior Seminar: Research Methods

Electives (8 credits):

Two additional philosophy courses at the 200 level or above.
 

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR IN PHILOSOPHY
History of Philosophy (4 credits):
One of the following:
    PHI202 History of Philosophy I: Ancient through Medieval
    PHI203 History of Philosophy II: Early Modern Philosophy
    PHI204 History of Philosophy III: Late Modern Philosophy
    PHI370 Special Topics: Recent Philosophy

Knowledge, Truth, and Method (8 credits):

PHI212 Formal Logic
PHI411 Epistemology

Faith and Reason (4 credits):

One of the following:            
    PHI220 Philosophy of Religion
    PHI321 C.S. Lewis and the Christian Imagination
    PHI322 Kierkegaard                
    PHI420 Postmodernity and Religious Belief
    PHI372 Special Topics: Faith and Reason

Virtue and Value (4 Credits)

PHI230 Ethics

Existence and Being (4 Credits)

PHI413 Metaphysics

STUDY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
The Philosophy Department has been a strong proponent of our majors participating in global education programs, and many of our majors spend some time studying abroad. Though we support a wide range of options in global education, qualified philosophy majors have a unique opportunity to study for a semester at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Applications for this program are coordinated through the Philosophy Department and the Office of Global Education.

GENDER STUDIES MINOR
Gordon offers an interdisciplinary minor in Gender Studies. See Interdisciplinary Studies for additional information.