In addition to specific course requirements, the department requires majors and minors to gain breadth in the discipline by asking them to select from a range of courses in each of three subject areas. Majors must take one course from each of the areas of Values, Metaphysics & Epistemology, and Diversity. Minors are required to take one courses in each of two areas,Values and Metaphysics & Epistemology, and at least one course in the history of philosophy.

 

Please note:

• Some courses can “double count,” but this does not decrease the total number of courses you must take to complete the major.

• Many courses in the “Philosophers in Focus” series, [382-393] have changing content and will sometimes count for one of these areas. That information will typically be available in the course brochures.

• Please ask your advisor about any course if you are not sure.


Values:

A range of courses broadly committed to exploring ethics, meta-ethics, political philosophy, and aesthetics.

211 – Moral Philosophy

215 – Feminist Philosophies

234 – Philosophy and Art

236 – Critical Social Thought

240 – Ethics on the Continent

243 – Environmental Ethics

297 – Bioethics

311 – Philosophical Approaches to Global Justice

314 – Marxist Political Thought

328 – Radical Ecologies

357 – The German Age of Aesthetics

398 – Film and the Emotions*


Metaphysics and Epistemology:

A range of courses broadly committed to exploring theories of knowledge and the nature of reality.

212 – Puzzles and Paradoxes

216 – Philosophy and Nature

217 – Feminism and Science

239 – Epistomology

253 – Skepticism East and West

258 – Advanced Logic

264 – Indian Philosophy*

274 – Philosophy of Religion

297A –  Philosophy of Mind

297B – Philosophy of Scientific Revolutions

298 – Cognitive Science of Religion*

316 – Metaphysics

317 – Philosophy of Science

338 – Philosophy of Language

393 – Philosophers in Focus: Dharmakirti*

397 – Experimental Philosophy

398 – Philosophy of Cognitive Science


Diversity:

A range of courses broadly committed to non-canonical philosophy, whether that is non-Western philosophy or philosophy about or by traditionally underrepresented groups in the discipline.

213 – Philosophical Inquiries into Race

215 – Feminist Philosophies

217 – Feminism and Science

253 – Skepticism East and West

264 – Indian Philosophy*

265 – Chinese Philosophy

266 – Buddhist Philosophy

311 – Philosophical Approaches to Global Justice

393 – Philosophers in Focus: Dharmikirti*


History of Philosophy:

Courses that focus primarily, though not exclusively, on philosophical movements of a particular period in the history of philosophy.

231 – History of Ancient Greek Philosophy

232 – History of Modern Philosophy

297B – Philosophy of Scientific Revolutions

352 – American Philosophy

353 – Contemporary Analytic Philosophy

355 – Kant and German Idealism

357 – The German Age of Aesthetics

359 – Nineteenth Century Philosophy

373 – History of Medieval Philosophy

374 – Existentialism

378 – Contemporary Continental Philosophy

 

*Indicates a course taught by visiting faculty and/or not a part of regular offerings