- Philosophy Major Requirements
- Philosophy Minor Requirements
Degree Requirements for the Philosophy Major
General College Requirements
General College Requirements (see Curriculum section), including the following requirements to satisfy the major
At least 44 credit hours in philosophy, as specified in below. A grade of C- or better must be received in each course of the major and the cumulative grade-point average of courses used to satisfy the major must be at least 2.00. Courses taken for credit/no credit may not be used to satisfy requirements.
Required Core Courses: 32 credit hours
- PHIL 101: Introduction to Philosophy
or PHIL 120: Introduction to Ethics
- PHIL 300: Cranks and Sages: Greek and Roman Philosophy
- PHIL 302: Mind and Knowledge: Descartes to Kant
- One of the following courses in a non-Western philosophical tradition: PHIL 351: East Asian Philosophies; PHIL 352: South Asian Philosophies; or a section of PHIL 380 with a non-Western focus.
- PHIL 380:Topics in Philosophy or PHIL381: Happiness and Meaning or PHIL382: Meditation and the Mind
- One of the following courses in value theory: PHIL 321: Environmental Ethics; PHIL 325: Feminism and Philosophy; or PHIL 333: Ethical Theories.
- PHIL 493: St. Mary’s Project in Philosophy (note: prerequisite for 493 is PHIL 492)
- PHIL 494: St. Mary’s Project in Philosophy
Twelve credit hours chosen from any 300- or 400-level philosophy courses listed in the College catalog. Credits earned from internships, field experiences, and honors or senior projects cannot be used to meet this requirement.
St. Mary's Project
Students who complete an SMP outside of PHIL 493/494 must complete eight additional credit hours chosen from any 300- or 400-level philosophy courses listed in the College catalog, in addition to the courses used by the student to satisfy the requirements of the philosophy major. After consultation with the department chair, a reduction of four or eight credit hours may be granted for SMPs with substantial philosophical content.
Suggested Sequence of Study
- First year:
Core Curriculum requirements and either PHIL 101 or PHIL 120, and an upper-level course in philosophy.
- Sophomore year:
Core Curriculum requirements, and PHIL300 or 302, and either PHIL 351 or PHIL 352.
- Junior year:
Completion of Core Curriculum requirements, PHIL 300 or 302, PHIL 321, 325, or 333 one of 380/381/382, and an upper-level elective course in philosophy, and PHIL 492.
- Senior year:
PHIL 493/494 and two upper-level elective philosophy courses.
Degree Requirements for the Philosophy Minor
General College Requirements
General College Requirements (see Curriculum section)
At least 20 credit hours in philosophy as specified under the required and elective courses. A grade of C- or better must be received in each course of the minor and the cumulative grade-point average of courses used to satisfy the minor must be at least 2.00.
Required core courses (eight credit hours):
At least one course from each of the following:
- Either PHIL 101: Introduction to Philosophy or PHIL 120: Introduction to Ethics
- Either PHIL 300: Cranks & Sages: Greek & Roman Philosophy, or PHIL 302: Mind &; Knowledge: Descartes to Kant
Students minoring in philosophy must take an additional 12 credit hours, of which at least eight credit hours must be upper-level, and of which at least four credit hours must be non-Western philosophy. With approval from the department chair, other upper-level philosophical courses from outside the philosophy offering can be counted as electives where appropriate.