Philosophy helps to create responsible citizens. It allows students to see through cultural and intellectual fads, protects them from the often empty posturing of politicians, defends them from the slippery claims of advertisers and salespeople, insulates them from the often unfounded assertions of media pundits and commentators, and shields them from foolish opinions and everyday nonsense. Philosophy contributes to our becoming more fully human. It broadens the range of things that students can understand and enjoy, enhances their expressive powers, contributes to their self-knowledge, foresight, and sense of direction in life, nurtures individuality and self-esteem, and brings them into contact with the most important and fundamental human questions about reality, knowledge, morality, and all other aspects of the human experience. The Department of Philosophy embodies the University's commitment to its students. We do this by creating an academic environment that encourages students to approach fundamental questions with an attitude of open and disciplined reflection, that evokes a love for the intellectual life and promotes a deeper appreciation of our civilization, which has been influenced by philosophy at all levels.

Degree Requirements

Philosophy Major (30 credits)
Required (6 credits)

PHL 1000 Introduction to Philosophy 3 credits
PHL 2010 Ethics 3 credits

One of the Following Courses in Logic (3 credits):

PHL 1500 Introduction to Logic, or
3 credits
PHL 2500 Symbolic Logic 3 credits

Three of the Following Courses in the History of Philosophy (9 credits):

PHL 3060 Ancient Philosophy 3 credits
PHL 3070 Medieval Philosophy 3 credits
PHL 3080 Early Modern Philosophy 3 credits
PHL 4400 Contemporary Philosophy 3 credits

One of the Following Courses in the Major Areas of Philosophy (3 credits):

PHL 4060 Metaphysics 3 credits
PHL 4070 Epistemology 3 credits

Plus Three Elective Courses in Philosophy:

PHL   9 credits


  • PHL 1000 is a prerequisite for all other philosophy courses except for PHL 1400 and 1500, which may be taken without prior coursework in philosophy.
  • Philosophy courses required by any University program or by the Core Curriculum count toward the major.
  • A student may take up to two cognate courses in other departments which can count toward the philosophy major, subject to the approval of the Philosophy Department.
  • Students planning to do graduate study in philosophy are strongly urged to take more courses than the required 30 hours. The philosophy faculty will work with students to select additional courses that will prepare them for graduate work in the discipline.