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Philosophy Major Requirements

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Credit Hours: 33+

"PR" indicates a pre-requisite. "CO" indicates a co-requisite.

Courses within this major may also satisfy general education requirements. Please consult http://registrar.cofc.edu/general-edu for more information.

Required Courses

PHIL 120

Symbolic Logic (3) PR: None

PHIL 201

History of Ancient Philosophy (3) PR: 3 credit hours of PHIL

PHIL 202

History of Modern Philosophy (3) PR: 3 credit hours of PHIL

PHIL 450

Seminar in Philosophy (3) PR: Declared junior or senior philosophy major; 9 credit hours of PHIL which must include at least 3 credit hours at the 300-level.

Select an additional 21 credit hours in philosophy, 12 of which must be taken in courses at or above the 200-level, and at least 9 of these hours must be at or above the 300-level.***

PHIL 101

Introduction to Philosophy (3) PR: None

PHIL 115

Critical Thinking (3) PR: None

PHIL 150

Nature, Technology and Society (3) PR: None

PHIL 155

Environmental Ethics (3) PR: None

PHIL 160

Ethics and Sports (3) PR: None

PHIL 165

Philosophy and Feminism (3) PR: None

PHIL 170

Biomedical Ethics (3) PR: None

PHIL 175

Business and Consumer Ethics (3) PR: None

PHIL 185

Philosophy and Film (3) PR: None

PHIL 198

Topics in Philosophy (3) PR: None

PHIL 203

Philosophy of Human Nature (3) PR: None

PHIL 205

Existentialism (3) PR: None

PHIL 206

Topics in Law and Morality (3) PR: None

PHIL 207

Ethics (3) PR: None

PHIL 208

Knowledge and Reality (3) PR: None

PHIL 209

Political Philosophy (3) PR: None

PHIL 210

Philosophy, Law, and the Arts (3) PR: None

PHIL 234

Eastern Philosophy (3) PR: None

PHIL 240*

Jewish Philosophy (3) PR: None

PHIL 245

Environmental Philosophy (3) PR: None

PHIL 250

Marxism (3) PR: None

PHIL 255**

Philosophy of Religion (3) PR: None

PHIL 260

Philosophy of Biology (3) PR: None

PHIL 265

Philosophy of Science (3) PR: None

PHIL 270

Philosophy of Law (3) PR: None

PHIL 275

Feminist Theory (3) PR: None

PHIL 280

Aesthetics (3) PR: None

PHIL 285

Philosophical Issues in Literature (3) PR: None

PHIL 290

Philosophy and the Cognitive Sciences (3) PR: None

PHIL 298

Special Topics in Philosophy (3) PR: None

PHIL 301

Ethical Theory (3) PR: 6 credit hours of PHIL excluding PHIL 120

PHIL 304

Nineteenth Century Philosophy (3) PR: 6 credit hours of PHIL excluding PHIL 120

PHIL 305

Topics in the History of Philosophy (3) PR: 6 credit hours of PHIL excluding PHIL 120

PHIL 306

20th Century Analytic Philosophy (3) PR: 6 credit hours of PHIL excluding PHIL 120

PHIL 307

20th Century Continental Philosophy (3) PR: 6 credit hours of PHIL excluding PHIL 120

PHIL 310

American Philosophy (3) PR: 6 credit hours of PHIL excluding PHIL 120

PHIL 315

Topics in Political and Social Philosophy (3) PR: 6 credit hours of PHIL excluding PHIL 120

PHIL 320

Metaphysics (3) PR: 6 credit hours of PHIL excluding PHIL 120

PHIL 325

Theory of Knowledge (3) PR: 6 credit hours of PHIL excluding PHIL 120

PHIL 330

Philosophy of Mind (3) PR: 6 credit hours of PHIL excluding PHIL 120

PHIL 335

Philosophy of Language (3) PR: 6 credit hours of PHIL excluding PHIL 120

PHIL 398***

Student Research Associate (1-3; repeatable up to 6 credit hours) PR: Overall GPA of at least 3.25; junior standing; supervisor and department approval

PHIL 399***

Tutorial (3) PR: Junior standing; tutor and department approval

PHIL 499***

Bachelor’s Essay (6) PR: A project proposal must be submitted in writing and approved by the department prior to registration for the course.

Note: *PHIL 240 Jewish Philosophy may not be taken for credit if credit has been received for JWST 240. **PHIL 255 Philosophy of Religion may not be taken for credit if credit has been received for RELS 255. ***No more than six hours of PHIL 398, 399, or 499 may be taken to satisfy the minimum requirement of nine elective philosophy hours at or above the 300-level.

Optional: Students may add a concentration in Politics, Philosophy and Law

Politics, Philosophy and Law (18 credit hours)

A concentration in Politics, Philosophy, and Law allows focused attention on theoretical issues related to the law. The concentration is jointly administered by the departments of philosophy and political science.

Required Courses

PHIL 209

Political Philosophy (3) PR: None

OR

 

POLI 150

Introduction to Political Thought (formerly POLS 250) (3) PR: None

 

 

POLI 320

Constitutional Law (formerly POLS 341) (3) PR: POLI 101 or instructor permission

 

 

PHIL 270

Philosophy of Law (3) PR: None

OR

 

POLI 380

Jurisprudence (formerly POLS 344) (3) PR: None

 

 

PPLW 400*

Seminar in Politics, Philosophy and Law (3) PR: Senior standing

Note: *This course will substitute for PHIL 450 or POLI 405 as major requirement.

Select an additional two courses from the following:

PHIL 206

Topics in Law and Morality (3) PR: None

PHIL 210

Philosophy, Law, and the Arts (3) PR: None

PHIL 315

Topics in Political and Social Philosophy (3) PR: 6 credit hours in PHIL

POLI 292

Topics in Gender, Theory, and Law (3) PR: None

POLI 295

Law and Society (3) PR: None

POLI 321

Civil Liberties (3) PR: None

POLI 324

The Judiciary (3) PR: POLI 101 or instructor permission

POLI 331

Geography of Native Lands/Indian Law (3) PR: None

POLI 360

International Human Rights Law (3) PR: None

POLI 363

International Law and Organization (3) PR: None

POLI 390

Contemporary Liberalism (3) PR: None

Note: Additional courses on suitable topics may be approved for credit by the director. Since POLI 320 is required, PHIL majors will take at least one course in POLI. POLI majors must also take at least one course in PHIL.