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Philosophy is the study of the most fundamental issues concerning reality, knowledge, and value, and of the basic concepts, principles, and arguments of the major intellectual disciplines. Its fields include metaphysics, epistemology, logic, ethics, history of philosophy, political philosophy, aesthetics, and philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, philosophy of law, and philosophy of religion.

Concentration Requirements

History of Philosophy6 cr

Two courses in pre-Twentieth Century Philosophy, Contemporary Philosophy

6 cr
Value Theory3 cr
Logic3 cr

Metaphysics or Epistemology e.g.:

  • Philosophy of Science
  • Mind
  • Religion
  • Theory of Knowledge
3 cr
Additional credits in philosophy or related area12 cr
PHL 499: Capstone3 cr

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a concentration in Philosophy will be able to:

  1. articulate an understanding of some of the great philosophers of the past from more than one historical period and preferably from more than one tradition;
  2. articulate an understanding of some of the major fields of philosophy;
  3. formulate philosophical problems and identify and evaluate proposed solutions to them;
  4. identify and display a critical understanding or some issues concerning values, e.g., in ethics (theoretical or applied), aesthetics or political philosophy;
  5. demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of logic and argumentation, particularly in deductive and inductive reasoning;
  6. read a philosophical text critically, extract an argument from it, and evaluate the argument; and
  7. demonstrate mastery of the fundamental techniques of intellectual inquiry, effective writing and speaking, active reading, and critical and imaginative thinking