Philosophy Program

The Major and Minor in Philosophy

The major in Philosophy is excellent intellectual training for practically anything. Philosophy majors do better than any other liberal arts major on the LSAT, and exceptionally well on the GRE and the GMAT as well. Philosophy study trains you in rigorous critical and analytical skills, which are useful in any field. Also, philosophy helps you understand your life and the world in more meaningful ways. As Socrates once put it, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”

Program requirements vary according to when you declared your major.

Beginning with Fall 2011

Use this Philosophy Major Checksheet and Philosophy Minor Checksheet. All students starting the philosophy major or minor on or after Fall of 2011 will need to use this check sheet.

Before Fall 2011

Use these Philosophy Major and/or Philosophy Minor checksheets.


The Honors Program in Philosophy

Students who major in philosophy and who demonstrate exceptional ability may request or may be invited to enter the philosophy honors program. In addition to or as one of the courses required for a major in the area, the student must

1. Complete PHIL 4301 Philosophy Honors Tutorial;

2. Maintain a minimum 3.25 grade point average overall, and a 3.5 grade point average in the major;

3. Complete an honors theses in conjunction with PHIL 4301; and

4. Pass an oral examination on the thesis conducted by three faculty members.