Major Requirements

The Philosophy department offers interesting courses that help students better understand the world and their place in it.  Philosophy courses teach students to analyze difficult texts, to write clearly and precisely, to defend their views with cogent arguments and to take pleasure in the struggle with complex ideas and questions.

MAJOR (10 courses, 30 Credits)

In addition to taking PHI 1000 (Knowledge, Reality, Self), Philosophy majors take nine additional courses including the history of philosophy sequence (PHI 3020, 3030, and 3040) and a capstone course (PHI 5000 or 6000).  With permission of the chair, students may substitute certain upper division electives for the history of philosophy sequence or the capstone course.  

Students who are majoring in philosophy may, if they wish, pursue a specific area of philosophy by taking one of the department's suggested course clusters or devising one of their own.  Upon completing the cluster, students receive a certificate and are entitled to list their area of specialization on their resume.  Philosophy majors are also encouraged to work with an individual faculty member to write a thesis, which substitutes for the capstone course.


Because of the interdisciplinary nature of philosophy, the department welcomes and encourages double majors.  With the permission of the chair, philosophy majors may count two related courses from the second major toward fulfillment of the philosophy major requirements.

MINOR (5 courses) 

Philosophy minors take any five courses in the philosophy department.

Please call the Philosophy Department (610-519-4690) for more information or to schedule an appointment to discuss majoring or minoring in philosophy.