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Philosophy > Eight Semester Plan

This Eight Semester Plan is provided as a general guideline. It DOES NOT reduce the importance of careful discussions between a student and his or her academic advisor. Some degree requirements, such as those for upper division and liberal arts credits, may not be completely delineated in this plan. Students are responsible for reviewing their own Degree Audit Report each semester to track their own progress toward degree requirements. Please see additional disclaimers and information about these Eight Semester Plans, which are currently under development.

Philosophy

Year 1

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
CourseCredits
Gen Ed: Composition (COMP)3
GE (WEST) - Note 13
Gen Ed: Foreign Languages (FLNG)3
GE (WRLD) - Note 23
Elective3
Total15
CourseCredits
Gen Ed: Composition (COMP)3
Gen Ed: Natural Sciences (NSCI)3
Gen Ed: Foreign Languages (FLNG)3
Gen Ed: The Arts (ART)3
Elective3
Total15

Year 2

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
CourseCredits
Gen Ed: Social Sciences (SSCI)3
GE (MATH) - Note 33
GE (HUM) - Note 43
Gen Ed: United States Studies (USST)3
Elective - Note 53
Total15
CourseCredits
Gen Ed: Natural Sciences (NSCI)3
Gen Ed: Diversity (DIVR)3
Elective3
Elective or Major Course - Note 63
Major Course3
Total15

Year 3

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
CourseCredits
PHI211 Ancient Greek Philosophy - Note 73
PHI201 Symbolic Logic or PHI304 Ethics - Note 83
Major Elective3
Electives6
Total15
CourseCredits
PHI215 Modern Philosophy - Note 73
PHI471 Theory of Knowledge(WI) or PHI474 Metaphysics(WI)-Note 93
Major Elective3
Electives6
Total15

Year 4

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
CourseCredits
Major Requirement or Elective3
Major Electives6
Electives6
Total15
CourseCredits
PHI471 Theory of Knowledge(WI) or PHI474 Metaphysics(WI)-Note 93
PHI490 Seminar - Note 103
Major Elective or Elective3
Electives6
Total15

Notes

Note 1: Several philosophy courses fulfill the GE West category. Courses regularly taught in the fall semester include PHI120, Intro to Philosophy: Classics (recommended for freshmen or sophomores) and PHI211, Ancient Greek Phil (required for the philosophy major). PHI310, Later Greek and Roman Phil, usually taught in alternating spring semesters, and PHI311, Medieval and Renaissance Phil, taught in alternating fall semesters also fulfill the GE West category. In the spring semester, one may take PHI215, Modern Phil (also required for the philosophy major) for GE West credit or REL301 History of Christian Thought.

Note 2: Several philosophy courses fulfill the GE World category: REL270, Religions of the World; PHI251, Indian Philosophy; and PHI252, East Asian Philosophy. These courses are typically taught in the fall and spring semesters.

Note 3: Symbolic Logic (PHI201), also required for the philosophy major, fulfills the GE Math requirement. It is recommended very strongly that philosophy majors take Symbolic Logic as early as possible in their major program. It is typically taught in the fall semester.

Note 4: Several philosophy courses fulfill the HUM requirement: PHI130, Intro to Philosophy: Problems; PHI343, Aesthetics; and PHI344, Philosophy of the Arts. Of these, only PHI130, is open to freshmen.

Note 5: This elective might very well be used to take another Foreign Language course. The Philosophy Dept. recommends that all students study a foreign language at least through the intermediate level, if not beyond.

Note 6: The Philosophy major consists of seven required courses and five major electives. The required courses are: PHI201 Symbolic Logic, PHI 211 Ancient Greek Philosophy, PHI215 Modern Philosophy, PHI304 Ethics, PHI471 Theory of Knowledge or PHI474 Metaphysics, PHI490 Seminar, and one course in non-western philosophy (e.g. PHI251 Indian Philosophy, PHI252 East Asian Philosophy, or PHI330 Chinese Philosophy.)

Note 7: It is strongly recommended that PHI211, Ancient Greek Phil, and PHI215, Modern Phil, be taken as early as possible in one's major program, certainly no later than the junior year.

Note 8: Symbolic Logic: Ancient Greek Philosophy, and Ethics are required for the major and taught in every fall semester.

Note 9: Theory of Knowledge and Metaphysics are offered in alternating years.

Note 10: The Seminar, intended for upper division majors, is offered each spring and the subject will vary.

Total Credits: 120