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Philosophy – Overview

Matthew Stuart, Department Chair

Jean M. Harrison, Department Coordinator

Professors: Scott R. Sehon†, Matthew Stuart

Associate Professors: Sarah O’Brien Conly**, Lawrence H. Simon (Environmental Studies)

Assistant Professor: Kristi Olson

Fellow: Brian Hyun Kim

Requirements for the Major in Philosophy

The major consists of nine courses, which must include Philosophy 2111 {111}, 2112 {112}, and 2233 {223}. Of the remaining six courses, there must be at least one course with a primary focus on epistemology and metaphysics (Philosophy 1040–1049 {14}, 1400–1499 {142, 145}, 2400–2499 {210, 224–229}, 3400–3499 {331, 332, 334}; and there must be at least one course with a primary focus on value theory (Philosophy 1030–1039 {16, 18}, 1300–1399 {120}, 2300–2399 {220–222, 241, 258}, 3300–3399 {332, 334, 346}. At least two classes must be from the advanced group (numbered 3000–3999 {300–399}). Students must earn grades of C- or better in courses to be counted toward the major.

Requirements for the Minor in Philosophy

The minor consists of five courses, which must include Philosophy 2111 and 2112 {111 and 112}, one other course from the intermediate group (numbered 2000–2969 {200–289}), and one course from the advanced group (numbered 3000–3969 {300–399}). The fifth course may be from any level. Students must earn grades of C- or better in courses to be counted toward the minor.


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