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Requirements for the Major and Minor

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Majoring in Philosophy requires the following 30 credits :


  • Both of the following History of Philosophy courses (6 credits):

                             PHIL301  Ancient Philosophy

                             PHIL303  Modern Philosophy

  • PHIL205  Logic (3 credits)
  • One of the following Ethics courses (3 credits):

                             PHIL201  Social and Political Philosophy

                             PHIL203  Ethics

  • One of the following Epistemology courses (3 credits):

                             PHIL305  Twentieth Century Philosophy*

                             PHIL306  Philosophy of Science

                             PHIL320  Theory of Knowledge

  • One of the following Metaphysics courses (3 credits):

                             PHIL305  Twentieth Century Philosophy*

                             PHIL315  Metaphysics

                             PHIL330  Philosophy of Mind

  • PHIL465  Senior Seminar (3 credits)
  • Three Philosophy elective courses (9 credits), to include:

                             One three-credit course at the 300-level or above

                             One three-credit course with multicultural content

Courses with multicultural content include PHIL204 World Religions, PHIL208 Introduction to Jewish Philosophy, PHIL210 Women and Religion, PHIL216 Introduction to Feminist Theory, PHIL307 Black Thought and Philosophy, PHIL309 Indian Religion and Philosophy, PHIL 310 Chinese Religion and Philosophy, and PHIL327 Race, Gender, Science.

PHIL305 can be used to satisfy either the requirement in Epistemology or the requirement in Metaphysics, but not both.

Some further points of note:

  • You must have a grade of C- or better in all courses that you use to satisfy the requirements of the major.  A grade of C- or better is also required for English 110, your second writing course, and the CAS breadth requirements.  Grades below C- may be used as free electives, and to meet the math and foreign language requirements for the degree.
  • There is a limit of 45 hours in the number of credits in Philosophy that you can use toward your 124 hours.  Even if a philosophy course is cross-listed in another department, and taken under that department's numbers, it will still be included in the 45 hour limit.  Exceeding the limit of 45 will extend the number of hours needed to graduate.
  • You must take the senior seminar, PHIL465, and it is a second writing course.  Remember that second writing courses count as such only if you have completed 60 credits before taking them.  So, if you take PHIL465 before you have completed 60 credits, it will not fulfill your second writing requirement, but will fulfill your Senior Seminar requirement.          
  • There are many philosophy courses that may be used to meet the breadth (group) requirements, as well as be counted toward the major.  Notice, however, that each of the groups requires work in at least two departments.
  • P/F courses may only be used as free electives, not to meet any of your requirements for the degree.  You are limited to one P/F course per semester, and 24 credits toward the degree.
  • Repeated courses count only once toward your degree.
  • Substitutions for the major requirements require the approval of the department chair.  Exceptions to other requirements require the approval of the Dean, and require substantial justification.

For more information about applicable University and College of Arts and Sciences requirements for a bachelor of arts degree, see the UD Catalog.



A minor in philosophy requires a minimum of 15 credits, consisting of PHIL105 or 205; PHIL301 or 303; an additional 300-level PHIL course; and two PHIL electives.

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