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Undergraduate Major, Minor, and Honors Programs
 


Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Philosophy

A candidate for the regular major in Philosophy must complete a minimum of nine (9) courses in Philosophy, including the following courses or selections from course groups:

(1) Two courses from the History Group

(a) One of PHI 2100 (Ancient Philosophy) or PHI 5400 (Presocratic Philosophy) or PHI 5410 (Plato) or PHI 5420 (Aristotle); 
AND 
(b) One of PHI 2110 (17th & 18th Century Philosophy) or PHI 5440 (Continental Rationalism) or PHI 5450 (British Empiricism) or PHI 5460 (Kant);

(2) One course from the Theory of Value Group;
(3) One course from the Philosophical Problems Group;
(4) Symbolic Logic (PHI 1850 or PHI 1860 or PHI 5050);
(5) Three courses at the 5000-level or above (other than PHI 5993); and
(6) PHI 5993 (Writing Intensive Course in Philosophy).
(7) During the semester in which application for graduation is made, a philosophy major must deliver to the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Philosophy a copy (preferably a graded copy) of a paper written for a Philosophy class that he or she believes is his or her best work.

NOTE: Rather than taking a 2000- or 3000-level course in satisfying the Theory of Value Requirement or the Philosophical Problems Requirement, one may take a 5000-level course from the same group instead; however, the student should consult the instructor before doing so. Courses taken at the 5000-level which are used to satisfy any of the other requirements may also be used to satisfy the "three 5000-level courses"-requirement, though the nine course minimum must still be met. 
 

The Honors Program in Philosophy

Admission to the honors program in Philosophy is determined on the basis of the student's overall record. The student will normally be required to have:

  • a minimum honor point average of 3.3,
  • credit in at least three philosophy courses, and
  • a "B" or better average in philosophy courses.

To remain in the Philosophy Honors Program, the student must maintain a B or better average in philosophy courses.

Honors Requirements: To receive an Honors Degree in Philosophy, the candidate must:

  • Complete the course requirements for the regular major in Philosophy
  • PHI 4870 (Honors Directed Reading) and PHI 4890 (Honors Proseminar), to be taken in the candidate's senior year
  • Pass a comprehensive examination in Philosophy
  • Write an Honors Essay of sufficiently high quality on a topic to be chosen by the candidate in consultation with his/her instructor in PHI 4870
  • Complete a 4000-level course offered through the Honors Program
  • Accumulate at least fifteen (15) credits in honors-designated course work, including PHI 4870, PHI 4890, and the 4000-level Honors Program Seminar.

At graduation, the overall honor point average must be at least 3.3. If at any point, the student fails to maintain Honors standards, his or her credits will automatically be counted towards the regular major in Philosophy.

You might also wish to consult the University's Honors Program's web site
 

The Minor in Philosophy

A candidate for a minor in Philosophy must complete a minimum of five (5) courses in Philosophy, including the following courses or selections from course groups:

(1)  PHI 2100 (Ancient Philosophy) or PHI 5400 (Presocratic Philosophy) or PHI 5410 (Plato) or PHI 5420 (Aristotle) or PHI 2110 (17th & 18th Century Philosophy) or PHI 5440 (Continental Rationalism) or PHI 5450 (British Empiricism) or PHI 5460 (Kant) (for descriptions, click here);
(2)  Symbolic Logic (PHI 1850 or PHI 1860 or PHI 5050);
(3)  one course from either the Theory of Value Group or the Philosophical Problems Group;
(4)  one course at the 5000-level or above (other than PHI 5993); and
(5)  one additional course at the 2000-level or above.

NOTE: Courses taken in compliance with requirement (4) may be used to satisfy any of requirements (1), (2), (3), or (5), though the five course minimum must still be met. Students wishing to do this must consult with the instructor.
 

Contact

For questions concerning the Undergraduate Major, Minor, or Honors Programs, please contact the Department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Lawrence Lombard, at his office at 5057 Woodward, Room #12002.13, by phone at (313)-577-6099, or by email at l.b.lombard@wayne.edu.

 

 

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