Major

Advising

The current chairperson, Professor Paul Muench, is the advisor.  Please meet with him each semester prior to registration.

Degree Requirements

Refer to graduation requirements listed previously in the catalog.

Special Degree Requirements

To obtain the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in philosophy, students must complete the following requirements:

Grade Requirements

Students must earn a C- (1.67) or better in all courses that count toward either the philosophy major.

Credit Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 33 credits in philosophy; at least 21 credits must be in courses numbered 300 and higher.

Lower-Division Core Courses

Students who major in philosophy must complete the following lower-division core courses:
PHL 210E (PHIL 300E) Moral Philosophy
PHL 233 (PHIL 210) Introduction to Logic: Deduction
PHL 261Y (PHIL 251) History of Ancient Philosophy
PHL 262Y (PHIL 252) History of Modern Philosophy

Foreign Language Requirement

Students who major in philosophy must complete at least three semesters of a foreign language (four semesters are recommended), with grades of C- (1.67) or better. Recommended languages for philosophy are Ancient Greek, Latin, French, and German.

Designated Writing Course Requirement

Students who major in philosophy must satisfy the Designated Writing Course Requirement by successfully completing PHL 210E (PHIL 300E) Moral Philosophy. Students will not be eligible to take upper-division core courses until they have met this requirement.

Upper-Division Courses

Students are expected to complete lower-division requirements before beginning upper-division coursework.

Students must complete at least the following upper-division philosophy courses:
Four upper-division core courses (12 credits)
Two upper-division electives (6 credits)
Capstone course (3 credits)

Upper-Division Core Courses

In order to take upper-division core courses students must have satisfied the Designated Writing Course Requirement by successfully completing PHL 210E (PHIL 300E) Moral Philosophy.

Students must complete at least one course in each of the four core areas (History, Value Theory, Continental Philosophy, Analytic Philosophy).

I. History
PHL 462 (PHIL 452) Early Modern Philosophy
PHL 464 (PHIL 453) Kant
PHL 465 (PHIL 461) Plato
PHL 466 (PHIL 463) Aristotle

II. Value Theory
PHL 412 (PHIL 443) Ethics and Public Affairs
PHL 422 (PHIL 427E) Environmental Philosophy
PHL 427 (PHIL 444) Topics in Philosophy of Art
PHL 429 (PHIL 441) Philosophy in Literature
PHL 449 History of Moral and Political Philosophy
PHL 450 (PHIL 422E) Contemporary Moral and Political Theory
PHL 455 (PHIL 477) Philosophy of Society and Culture

III. Continental Philosophy
PHL 467 (PHIL 465) 19th Century Continental Philosophy
PHL 468 (PHIL 467) 20th Century ContinentalPhilosophy

IV. Analytic Philosophy
PHL 405 (PHIL 469) 20th Century Analytic Philosophy
PHL 406 (PHIL 471) Contemporary Issues in Analytic Philosophy
PHL 445 (PHIL 411) Central Issues in Philosophy of Science

Special Topics courses taught at the 400-level (PHL 491 [PHIL 495]) may count as upper-division core courses provided that they have a suitable content (consult the department advisor).

Upper-Division Electives

In addition to four upper-division core courses, students must complete at least two upper-division philosophy electives (6 credits). These courses may be either 300- or 400-level.

Capstone Course

Students who major in philosophy must complete PHL 499 (PHIL 480) Senior Seminar. This capstone course is normally taken during the spring semester of senior year.

Upper-Division Writing Requirement

Students must satisfy the Upper-Division Writing Requirement by successfully completing PHL 499 (PHIL 480) Senior Seminar

Suggested Course of Study

First Year

Autumn

Spring

PHL 101 or 102 Introduction to Philosophy/Topical Introduction to Philosophy

3

-

PHL 233 Introduction to Logic:  Deduction

-

3

WRIT 101 College Writing I

3

-

Foreign language

5

5

HSTR 101H, 102H  Western Civilization I and II

4

4

College mathematics course

-

3

Total

15

15

Second Year

Autumn

Spring

PHL 210E Moral Philosophy

3

-

PHL 261Y History of Ancient Philosophy

3

-

PHL 262Y History of Modern Philosophy

-

3

Foreign language

4

-

LS 151L and 152L Introduction to the Humanities

4

4

Electives and General Education

-

6

Total

14

16

Financial Aid

Information about general campus aid programs can be found at the UM Financial Aid Office. Additionally, the Philosophy Department regularly employs a small number of its advanced majors as reader/graders to assist with classroom instruction.