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Philosophy Requirements 

The philosophy major is designed to meet the requirements of four classes of students:

  • Those who have no professional interest in philosophy but who wish to approach a liberal education through the discipline of philosophy;
  • Those who want a composite or interdepartmental major in philosophy and the natural sciences, behavioral sciences, or humanities or fine arts;
  • Those who want an intensive study of philosophy preparatory to graduate study in some other field, e.g. law, theology, medicine or education;
  • Those who are professionally interested in philosophy and who plan to do graduate work in the field and then to teach or write.

Students with a professional interest in philosophy are urged by the Department to give early attention to courses in the history of philosophy sequence, logic and ethics.

MAJOR IN PHILOSOPHY

A major consists of a minimum of 30 credits and leads to the B.A. degree. The following courses are required:

PH 110, Basic Philosophical Problems
PH 213, Critical Thinking: Logic
PH 381, Seminar in Philosophy
PH 400, Senior Thesis

Plus three of the following courses:

PH 300, Ancient World Wisdom
PH 301, The Golden Age of Greece
PH 303, The Modern World (17th-18th century)
PH 304, The Contemporary World of Philosophy (19th -21st)
 
In addition, the philosophy major must take at least nine credits of electives within the Department.


ETHICS TRACK WITHIN THE PHILOSOPHY MAJOR

Philosophy offers an "ethics track" within the philosophy major. The ethics track reinforces and substantially extends Millikin's emphasis on ethical reasoning and issues of social justice. The ethics track within the philosophy major will consist of a minimum of 30 credits and leads to the B.A. degree. The following courses are required:

PH 110, Basic Philosophical Problems
PH 211, Ethical Theory and Moral Issues
PH 213, Critical Thinking: Logic
PH 215, Business Ethics
PH 217, Bioethics
PH 219, Environmental Ethics
PH 300, Ancient World Wisdom or PH 301, Golden Age of Greece
PH 305, Philosophy of Law or PH 310, Political Philosophy
PH 400, Senior Thesis
One elective 300-level philosophy course


PRE-LAW TRACK WITHIN THE PHILOSOPHY MAJOR

Philosophy also offers a “pre-law track” within the philosophy major. According to the American Bar Association, after physics the major with the highest percentage of acceptance into ABA approved law schools is philosophy. We have developed a track within our philosophy major to provide students with the courses that emphasize the skills and the knowledge content that will make it both likely that they will get into law school and that they will succeed both there and later as lawyers. The pre-law track of the philosophy major will consist of a minimum of 30 credits and leads to the B.A. degree. The following courses are required:

PH 110, Basic Philosophical Problems
PH 211, Ethical Theory and Moral Issues
PH 213, Critical Thinking: Logic
PH 301, Golden Age of Greece or PH311, Metaethics
PH 305, Philosophy of Law
PH 310, Political Philosophy
PH 400, Senior Thesis

Plus 3 elective courses from among any philosophy courses, PO 234, Civil Liberties, or PO 330, Constitutional Law.


MINOR IN PHILOSOPHY

A student seeking a philosophy minor is required to complete 18 credits. The student can elect to complete either the standard philosophy minor ("philosophy minor") or the philosophy ethics minor ("ethics minor"). The standard philosophy minor emphasizes the history of philosophy. The ethics minor emphasizes ethical reasoning, the understanding of ethical theory, and the application of ethical theory to specific domains (e.g., business, medicine, the environment, politics, etc.). Both minors are described below.

Philosophy Minor

A student seeking a philosophy minor is required to complete 18 credits. 9 credits must come from the following courses in the history of philosophy sequence:

PH 300, Ancient World Wisdom
PH 301, The Golden Age of Greece
PH 303, The Modern World (17th-18th century)
PH 304, The Contemporary World of Philosophy (19th-21st century)

In addition, the student must complete 9 hours of electives in philosophy.

Ethics Minor

A student seeking the ethics minor is required to complete 18 credits. The following course is required:

PH 211, Ethical Theory and Moral Issues

Two of the following "applied ethics" courses are also required:

PH 215, Business Ethics
PH 217, Bioethics
PH 219, Environmental Ethics

In addition, the student must take nine credits from among the following courses:

Any additional applied ethics course offered by the Philosophy Department (i.e., PH 215, PH 217, or PH 219)
PH 301, Golden Age of Greece
PH 305, Philosophy of Law
PH 310, Political Philosophy
PH 311, Metaethics
PH 381, Seminar in Philosophy (with appropriate content and approval of Chair)
Any one course outside the Philosophy Department focusing on ethics, including: CO 107,  Argument and Social Issues; CO 308, Communication Ethics and Freedom of Expression; SO 325, Social Work Ethics; BI 414, The Human Side of Medicine; or another course in ethics outside the Department and approved by the Chair of the Philosophy Department.

 

 
 
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