The Philosophy Research Track is especially recommended for students who plan to pursue graduate studies and an advanced degree in philosophy-a must for anyone interested in a career as a university or college philosophy teacher. It will give the student a broad background in philosophy, which is a competitive advantage when applying to graduate programs in the field.
- At least 36 units total
- Logic (100)
- One 100-level class in addition to Logic 100, preferably Problems in Philosophy (120) or Great Philosophers (125)
- In Contemporary/Analytic: Symbolic Logic 301; one of either Theory of knowledge (3113) or Introduction to Metaphysics (3481); and one of either Philosophy of Language (306), Philosophy of Mind (315) , or Philosophy of Science (321)
- In History: Any 2 core courses (a 400-level History course may be substituted for a second 300-level course)
- In Value Theory: Classical Ethical Theories (331) and one of Normative Ethical Theory 4315 or 20th Century Metaethics (4310) (these can satisfy a 400-level requirement).
- Philosophy Writing Intensive (390)or another Core course
- Capstone Experience (3991 or Honors Thesis 499)
- At least 30 units at 300-level or above (including core courses)*
- At least 6 of those 30 at 400-level**
- Courses cannot be taken Pass/Fail and count toward the major
- Crosslisted courses MUST be approved by the Undergraduate Director, typically only 100 level courses have been allowed
301G - Symbolic Logic
306G - Philosophy of Language
3113 - Theory of Knowledge
315 - Philosophy of Mind
321G - Philosophy of Science
3481 - Introduction to Metaphysics
347C - Ancient Philosophy
349C - Descartes to Hume
357C - Kant & 19th Century Phil
358 - Conceptual Foundations of Modern Science
Value Theory Courses
331F - Classical Ethical Theory
339F - Philosophy of the Arts
340F - Social & Political Philosophy
346 - Philosophy of Law
The Writing Intensive Seminar
Majors are encouraged to fulfill their Writing Intensive requirement by taking Phil. 390 which is specially designated as "Writing Intensive". It is typically taken in the junior year and is limited to 15 students. Significant attention is devoted to conceiving, researching, writing, revising, critiquing, and presenting philosophical essays. A philosophy major who does not take a philosophy writing intensive seminar must take a fourth core course, in any of the three core areas. Priority is given to Philosophy majors and minors who have not yet completed their Writing Intensive requirement.
All Philosophy majors are required to complete a capstone experience, either by writing an honors thesis or by taking the "Philosophy Capstone Course" (Phil 3991). PLEASE be aware that the Capstone Course is ONLY offered in the spring semester, so you will need to plan your class schedule accordingly, if you decide not to do an honors thesis. To qualify for doing an honors thesis, students must refer to the Honors tab on the left. Alternatively, majors should sign up for Phi1 3991 (a three-credit course), which will draw together a variety of different philosophical areas. Only Philosophy majors of senior standing may take this course; preference is given to students not pursuing Honors.
* At least 30 units of the required upper-level courses must be completed with a minimum of a C-.
** Three of these credits (one course) must not be from Honors Thesis or Independent Study.