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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 three courses in the history of philosophy, one each in Ancient Philosophy, Medieval Philosophy, and Modern Philosophy (through 19th century) as well as a capstone course (PHI 5000 or 6000).    

Students who are majoring in philosophy may pursue a specific area of philosophy by taking one of the department's thematic clusters or devising one of their own. 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 up to 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.