Paths of Study

In addition to the College core requirements and the three course sequence in the History of Philosophy, Philosophy majors are required to take six upper-division electives. Students may take two paths to the fulfillment of this requirement: the Thesis Path or the Track Path.

The Thesis Path

On this path students treat five of the six required courses as "free electives," at least one of which must be an Advanced Seminar (PHI 5000 - Adv Sem for Phil Majors). The sixth course will be the thesis (course numbered PHI 6000), which serves as the focal point and goal of the student's course of study. Requirements for the thesis are worked out in consultation with a full-time faculty member in the Philosophy Department, who serves as an advisor on the thesis project.

The Track Path

On this path students select a track from the six listed below which serves as the focal point and goal of the student's course of study. Of the six courses required to complete the major, students must take a minimum of three courses from the track and two Advanced Seminars (PHI 5000 - Adv Sem for Phil Majors).

Cognitive Studies

PHI 2010 - Logic & Critical Thinking
PHI 2700 - Philosophy of Science
PHI 2710 - Theories of Knowledge
PHI 4200 - Philosophy of Language
PHI 4600 - Psychoanalysis & Philosophy
PHI 4610 - Philosophy of Mind






Pre-Law

PHI 2010 - Logic & Critical Thinking
PHI 2140 - Phil of Criminal Justice
PHI 2190 - Freedom
PHI 2300 - Philosophy of Law
PHI 2400 - Social & Political Phil
PHI 2450 - Catholic Social Thought
PHI 3740 - Analytic Philosophy
PHI 2121 - Environmental Ethics
PHI 2130 - Business Ethics
PHI 2150 - Engineering Ethics
PHI 2160 - The Ethics of War
PHI 2170 - Mass Media Ethics
PHI 2180 - Computer Ethics

Continental Philosophy

PHI 2710 - Theories of Knowledge
PHI 2800 - Philosophy of History
PHI 3720 - Marx & Marxism
PHI 4110 - Metaphysics
PHI 4200 - Philosophy of Language
PHI 4600 - Psychoanalysis & Philosophy
PHI 4800 - French Existen & Phenom
PHI 4850 - German Existen & Phenom
PHI 4875 - Hermeneutics

Social & Political Philosophy and Ethics

PHI 2115 - Ethics for Health Care Prof
PHI 2116 - Bioethics
PHI 2121 - Environmental Ethics
PHI 2130 - Business Ethics
PHI 2150 - Engineering Ethics
PHI 2160 - The Ethics of War
PHI 2170 - Mass Media Ethics
PHI 2180 - Computer Ethics
PHI 2190 - Freedom
PHI 2400 - Social & Political Phil
PHI 2420 - Philosophy of Women
PHI 2450 - Catholic Social Thought
PHI 2650 - Philosophy of Sport

Cultural Studies

PHI 2410 - Philosophy of Sex & Love
PHI 2420 - Philosophy of Women
PHI 2430 - Eco-Feminism
PHI 2440 - Amer Indian Thought & Culture
PHI 2750 - Philosophy of Art
PHI 2760 - Philosophy & Literature
PHI 2920 - Asian Philosophies
PHI 4140 - Phil of Contemporary Music
PHI 4150 - Philosophy & Film

History of Philosophy

PHI 2800 - Philosophy of History
PHI 3050 - Kant & 19th Cent Philosophy
PHI 3100 - Augustine & Antiquity
PHI 3120 - Augustine & Modernity
PHI 3160 - History of Islamic Phil
PHI 3410 - Thomas Aquinas
PHI 3730 - American Philosophy
PHI 3740 - Analytic Philosophy
PHI 4100 - Plato & Aristotle

Philosophy and Religion

PHI 2900 - Philosophy of Religion
PHI 2440 - Amer Indian Thought & Culture
PHI 2450 - Catholic Social Thought
PHI 2910 - Mysticism & Philosophy
PHI 2920 - Asian Philosophies
PHI 3100 - Augustine & Antiquity
PHI 3120 - Augustine & Modernity
PHI 3160 - History of Islamic Phil
PHI 3410 - Thomas Aquinas