Philosophy, BS

Philosophy is a basic field of inquiry. Its range encompasses ideas and issues in every domain of human experience, and its methods apply to problems of an unlimited variety. The major in philosophy can develop not only philosophical skill and sophistication but also critical thinking and writing abilities that are readily applicable to pursuits in other academic areas, useful in careers far removed from philosophy, and valuable in everyday social and personal life. The study of philosophy can profoundly affect both the thinking one does and the kind of person one is. 

There are a number of varieties of the philosophy major that students may choose from in accordance with their own backgrounds and interests. These include:

  • Philosophy generalist
    Offers students a maximum number of electives so they may choose in accordance with their own backgrounds and interests
  • Concentration in law and ethics 
    Focuses elective course work in the areas of law, social and political philosophy, and applied ethics
  • Concentration in ethics

      Focuses elective course work in the areas of ethical theory, applied ethics, and social and political philosophy

  • Concentration in religious studies
    Uses electives to explore a variety of both religious expressions and methods of inquiry
  • Combined majors in media and screen studies and philosophy, economics and philosophy, environmental studies and philosophy, political science and philosophy, English and philosophy, history and philosophy, computer science and philosophy, and physics and philosophy
  • The half major template in philosophy can be used by students to create their own combined majors.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Concentration

Complete the philosophy generalist requirements, the concentration in law and ethics, or the concentration in religious studies.

Philosophy Major Credit Requirement

Complete 32 semester hours in the major.

Upper-Division Electives

Complete three general electives at 3000 level or above that do not double-count with the major or NUpath.

General Electives

Additional courses taken beyond college and major course requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

Program Requirements

128 total semester hours required


Concentrations

Philosophy Generalist

Philosophy Required Courses
PHIL 1115Introduction to Logic4
or PHIL 1215 Symbolic Logic
PHIL 2325Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought4
or POLS 2325 Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought
PHIL 2330Modern Philosophy4
Philosophy Advanced Elective/Seminar
Complete three of the following courses with one at the 4000 or 5000 level:12
Existentialism
Philosophy of Religion
20th-Century Continental Philosophy
20th-Century Analytic Philosophy
History of Jewish Rationalism
Moral Philosophy
History of Modern Moral Philosophy
Philosophy and Literature
Advanced Medical Ethics
Environmental Philosophy
Cults and Sects
Theory of Knowledge
Metaphysics
Philosophy of Science
Advanced Logic
Philosophy of Logic
Philosophy of Social Science
Philosophy of Psychology
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Language
Seminar: Apocalypticism
Advanced Seminar: Spinoza
Seminar: Theories and Methods in Religious Studies
Topics in Philosophy Seminar
Seminar in Religion
Topics in Religious Studies
Global Justice
Ethics, Justice, and Global Climate Change
Comparative Religious Ethics
Additional Electives
Complete three additional courses in philosophy and religion.12

 Concentration in Law and Ethics

Philosophy Required Courses
PHIL 1115Introduction to Logic4
or PHIL 1215 Symbolic Logic
PHIL 2325Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought4
or POLS 2325 Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought
PHIL 2330Modern Philosophy4
PHIL 3435Moral Philosophy4
or PHIL 3436 History of Modern Moral Philosophy
Philosophy Advanced Elective/Seminar
Complete two of the following courses with one at the 4000 or 5000 level:8
Existentialism
Philosophy of Religion
20th-Century Continental Philosophy
20th-Century Analytic Philosophy
History of Jewish Rationalism
Moral Philosophy
History of Modern Moral Philosophy
Philosophy and Literature
Advanced Medical Ethics
Environmental Philosophy
Cults and Sects
Theory of Knowledge
Metaphysics
Philosophy of Science
Advanced Logic
Philosophy of Logic
Philosophy of Social Science
Philosophy of Psychology
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Language
Seminar: Apocalypticism
Advanced Seminar: Spinoza
Seminar: Theories and Methods in Religious Studies
Topics in Philosophy Seminar
Seminar in Religion
Topics in Religious Studies
Global Justice
Ethics, Justice, and Global Climate Change
Comparative Religious Ethics
Ethics-Related Electives
Complete two of the following:8
Introduction to Contemporary Moral Issues
Ethics: East and West
Technology and Human Values
Introduction to Economic Justice
Moral and Social Problems in Healthcare
Business Ethics
Environmental Ethics
Ethics in the World’s Religions
Philosophical Problems of Law and Justice
Philosophical Problems of War and Peace
Social and Political Philosophy
Advanced Medical Ethics
Environmental Philosophy
Global Justice
Law-Related Electives
Complete two courses from social science departments. These courses are to be chosen in consultation with the department:8
African-American History before 1900
African-American History since 1900
Analysis of American Racism
Politics of Poverty
Globalism, Racism, and Human Rights
Contemporary Government and Politics in Africa
Criminal Due Process
Criminology
Criminal Law
Juvenile Justice
Gender, Crime, and Justice
Race, Crime, and Justice
Legal Philosophy
Youth Gangs
Political Crime and Terrorism
Economic Status of Ethnic Minorities
Public Finance
Money and Banking
Government and Business
History of Economic Thought
Rhetoric of Law
History of Race
History of Violence
Cultural History of the U.S.
Globalization and International Affairs
International Conflict and Negotiation
Law of the Press
Introduction to Law
Growth and Decline of Cities and Suburbs
Judicial Process and Behavior
Law and Society
U.S. Constitutional Law
U.S. Civil Liberties
American Society
Sociology of Violence
Sociology of Poverty
Environment and Society
Current Issues in Cities and Suburbs
Social Policy and Intervention
Feminist Perspectives on Society
Class, Crime, and the Legal System
Law and Society in a Digital World
Political Ecology and Environmental Justice
European Union: Social and Political
Current Issues in Cities and Suburbs

Concentration in Ethics

Philosophy Required Courses
PHIL 1115Introduction to Logic4
or PHIL 1215 Symbolic Logic
PHIL 2325Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought4
or POLS 2325 Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought
PHIL 2330Modern Philosophy4
PHIL 3435Moral Philosophy4
or PHIL 3436 History of Modern Moral Philosophy
Philosophy Advanced Elective/Seminar
Complete two of the following courses with one at the 4000 or 5000 level:8
Existentialism
Philosophy of Religion
20th-Century Continental Philosophy
20th-Century Analytic Philosophy
History of Jewish Rationalism
Moral Philosophy
History of Modern Moral Philosophy
Philosophy and Literature
Advanced Medical Ethics
Environmental Philosophy
Cults and Sects
Theory of Knowledge
Metaphysics
Philosophy of Science
Advanced Logic
Philosophy of Logic
Philosophy of Social Science
Philosophy of Psychology
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Language
Seminar: Apocalypticism
Advanced Seminar: Spinoza
Seminar: Theories and Methods in Religious Studies
Topics in Philosophy Seminar
Seminar in Religion
Topics in Religious Studies
Global Justice
Ethics, Justice, and Global Climate Change
Comparative Religious Ethics
Theory Requirement
PHIL 3435Moral Philosophy4
Ethics Courses
Complete four of the following:16
Introduction to Contemporary Moral Issues
Introduction to World Religions
Understanding the Bible
Ethics: East and West
Technology and Human Values
Sex, Power, and Oppression: An Introduction
Introduction to Human Rights
Human Rights through Film: Witnessing Human Suffering
Global Charities: Solution or Problem?
Introduction to Economic Justice
Ethics and Philosophy through Sport
Moral and Social Problems in Healthcare
Encountering Islam: Traditions, Debates, and Crosscultural Diversity
Science Fiction and Film: Moral Dilemmas and Ethical Analysis
Business Ethics
Environmental Ethics
Environmental Ethics Abroad
The Ethics of Food
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Abrahamic Religions
Sex in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Ethics in the World’s Religions
Hinduism, Buddhism, and Beyond: Eastern Religions
Indian Religions
Chinese Philosophy and Religion
The Problem of Evil in Film
Ethics and Evolutionary Games
Philosophical Problems of Law and Justice
Philosophical Problems of War and Peace
Social and Political Philosophy
Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought
Chinese Buddhism
Japanese Buddhism
Advanced Medical Ethics
Environmental Philosophy
Cults and Sects
Religion and Politics in South Asia
Global Justice
Ethics, Justice, and Global Climate Change
Comparative Religious Ethics

Concentration in Religious Studies

Philosophy Required Courses
PHIL 1115Introduction to Logic4
or PHIL 1215 Symbolic Logic
PHIL 2325Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought4
or POLS 2325 Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought
PHIL 2330Modern Philosophy4
PHIL 3435Moral Philosophy4
or PHIL 3436 History of Modern Moral Philosophy
Philosophy Advanced Elective/Seminar
Complete two of the following courses with one at the 4000 or 5000 level:8
Existentialism
Philosophy of Religion
20th-Century Continental Philosophy
20th-Century Analytic Philosophy
History of Jewish Rationalism
Moral Philosophy
History of Modern Moral Philosophy
Philosophy and Literature
Advanced Medical Ethics
Environmental Philosophy
Cults and Sects
Theory of Knowledge
Metaphysics
Philosophy of Science
Advanced Logic
Philosophy of Logic
Philosophy of Social Science
Philosophy of Psychology
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Language
Seminar: Apocalypticism
Advanced Seminar: Spinoza
Seminar: Theories and Methods in Religious Studies
Topics in Philosophy Seminar
Seminar in Religion
Topics in Religious Studies
Global Justice
Ethics, Justice, and Global Climate Change
Comparative Religious Ethics
Religious Studies Courses
Complete three of the following:12
Goddesses, Witches, Saints, and Sinners: Women in Western Religions
Introduction to Religion
Introduction to World Religions
Ethics: East and West
Understanding the Bible
The Meaning of Death
Sound, Music, and Religion
Image and Icon in South Asia
Jesus in the Gospels, American Culture, and the Movies
Apocalypticism in Film
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Abrahamic Religions
Sex in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Ethics in the World’s Religions
Jainism
Hinduism, Buddhism, and Beyond: Eastern Religions
Indian Religions
Encountering Islam: Traditions, Debates, and Crosscultural Diversity
Islam, Gender, and Fashion
Jewish Religion and Culture
American Judaism
Modern Judaism
Chinese Philosophy and Religion
Religious Perspectives on Health and Healing
From Vodou and the Rastas to Afro-Islam: African Religions in the Americas
The Problem of Evil in Film
The Religious Worlds of Boston: Faith and Devotion in Urban Life
Mysticism
The Kabbalah: Jewish Mysticism from the Zohar to Madonna
Exploring the Jewish Diaspora—From Mountain Jews to Crypto-Jews
Biblical Prophets and Their Interpreters
Adam and Eve and Their Interpreters
Interpreting the Bible
Responses to the Holocaust
Chinese Buddhism
Japanese Buddhism
Religion and Culture in Indian Cinema
Religion, Nation, and Identity in Modern Jewish Thought
Religion and Spirituality in the African Diaspora
Cults and Sects
Asian Religions in the United States
Ramayana
Religion and Politics in South Asia
Advanced Biblical Studies: Hebrew Bible
Seminar: Apocalypticism
Seminar: Theories and Methods in Religious Studies
Seminar in Religion
Major Figures in Religious Studies
Topics in Religious Studies
Directed Study
Comparative Religious Ethics

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 12154Elective4Vacation0Vacation0
ENGW 11114PHIL undergraduate elective4  
PHIL 11014Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Elective4Elective4Vacation0Co-op0
PHIL 23254PHIL 23304  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 EESH 20001  
 16 17 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0PHIL 1215 or 11154PHIL undergraduate elective4Co-op0
 PHIL undergraduate elective4Elective4 
 ENGW 33154  
 Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0Advanced philosophy elective4Upper-division elective4Co-op0
 Upper-division elective4Elective4 
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0Philosophy seminar4  
 Elective4  
 Upper-division elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 129

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 12154Elective4Vacation0Vacation0
ENGW 11114PHIL undergraduate elective4  
PHIL 11014Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Elective4Co-op0Co-op0Elective4
PHIL 23254  Elective4
Elective4   
Elective4   
EESH 20001   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Elective4Co-op0Co-op0Upper-division elective4
PHIL 23304  Elective4
Elective4   
Elective4   
 16 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
PHIL undergraduate elective4Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
PHIL 1215 or 11154   
Elective4   
ENGW 33154   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Advanced philosophy elective4Philosophy seminar4  
PHIL undergraduate elective4Elective4  
Upper-division elective4Upper-division elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 129

Philosophy with Concentration in Law and Ethics, BS

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 12154Elective4Vacation0Vacation0
ENGW 11114Moral and political elective4  
PHIL 11014Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Elective4Elective4Vacation0Co-op0
PHIL 23254PHIL 23304  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4Law-related elective 4  
 EESH 20001  
 16 17 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0PHIL 1215 or 11154Elective4Co-op0
 Moral and political elective4Elective4 
 ENGW 33154  
 Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0PHIL 34354Upper-division elective4Co-op0
 Law-related elective4Elective4 
 Upper-division elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0Philosophy seminar4  
 Elective4  
 Upper-division elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 129

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 12154Elective4Vacation0Vacation0
ENGW 11114Moral and political elective4  
PHIL 11014Elective4  
Elective4Law-related elective4  
 16 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Elective4Co-op0Co-op0Elective4
PHIL 23254  Elective4
Elective4   
Elective4   
EESH 20001   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Elective4Co-op0Co-op0Upper-division elective4
PHIL 23304  Elective4
Elective4   
Moral and political elective4   
 16 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Law-related elective4Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
PHIL 1215 or 11154   
Elective4   
ENGW 33154   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
PHIL 34354Philosophy seminar4  
Upper-division elective4Elective4  
Elective4Upper-division elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 129

Philosophy with Concentration in Religious Studies, BS

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 12154Elective4Vacation0Vacation0
ENGW 11114Religious studies elective4  
PHIL 11014Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Elective4Elective4Vacation0Co-op0
PHIL 23254PHIL 23304  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 EESH 20001  
 16 17 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0PHIL 1215 or 11154Upper-division elective4Co-op0
 Religious studies elective4Elective4 
 ENGW 33154  
 Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0PHIL 34354PHIL undergraduate elective4Co-op0
 Religious studies elective4Elective4 
 Upper-division elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0Elective4  
 Philosophy seminar4  
 Upper-division elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 129

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MATH 12154Elective4Vacation0Vacation0
ENGW 11114Religious studies elective4  
PHIL 11014Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 16 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Elective4Co-op0Co-op0Elective4
PHIL 23254  Elective4
Elective4   
Elective4   
EESH 20001   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Elective4Co-op0Co-op0Upper-division elective4
PHIL 23304  Elective4
Religious studies elective4   
Elective4   
 16 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Religious studies elective4Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
PHIL 1215 or 11154   
Elective4   
ENGW 33154   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
PHIL 34354Philosophy seminar4  
PHIL undergraduate elective4PHIL undergraduate elective4  
Upper-division elective4Elective4  
Elective4Upper-division elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 129