The concentration in Philosophy is intended to provide undergraduates with broad background in main areas of the discipline, including the history of philosophy, moral and political philosophy, and the cluster of areas addressing knowledge, language, mind, and reality, as well as formal or symbolic logic.
Concentrators take at least two 400-level courses, thus giving them some experience with philosophy at the graduate level. Honors concentrators also write a thesis during the senior year. The curriculum is carefully structured, through a series of intermediate-level bridge courses, to facilitate students' transitions from introductory to advanced study in philosophy. At the same time, students have considerable flexibility to design their own programs.
Concentrators must take at least 25 credits of Philosophy, (at least 28 credits for Honors Concentrators) of which 16 must be in residence, including requirement 5a. No course will count toward the concentration unless the student receives a grade of C- or better. See below for the pre-requisites and distribution requirements.