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Academic Plan: History and Ideas

The Philosophy: History and Ideas major will give you a well-rounded view of the major trends and ideas that have shaped philosophy from the time of the Greeks all the way into modern thought.

See below for a sample course sequence. Upon admission, you will work with an adviser to tailor your courses to fit your individual needs.

Fall
PHIL 2001: Philosophical Tools and Methods
CORE 1000: The Reflective Woman*
LANG: Foreign language course*
HIST: History course*

Winter
PHIL 2100: Critical Thinking or PHIL 2150: Logic
LANG: Foreign language course*
MATH: Mathematics course*
ENGL: English literature course*

Fall
PHIL 2200: Ethics
LANG: Foreign language course*
THEO: Theology course*
SOCI/PSYC: Social sciences course*

Winter
PHIL: Philosophy elective
BIOL/PHYS: Lab science course*
ART/MUS: Fine arts course*
Elective

Fall
PHIL 3500: Classical Greek Philosophy
WOST/CRST: Women’s studies or critical studies of race and ethnicity course*
EXSS: Exercise and sport science activity course*
Elective

Winter
PHIL 3600: Modern Philosophy
PHIL: Philosophy elective
Elective
Elective

Fall
PHIL 3700: Issues in Contemporary Philosophy
PHIL 3800: Contemporary Ethical Theory
EXSS: Exercise and sport science activity course*
Elective

Winter
PHIL 4850: Senior Seminar
CORE 3990: Global Search for Justice
Elective
Elective

* Denotes course is part of liberal arts and sciences core requirements (for all majors).

For detailed course descriptions visit the courses page.

Writing Requirement

Philosophy: History and Ideas majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors by completing PHIL 2200. You complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with three other writing-intensive courses (CORE 1000 and CORE 3990) and another writing-intensive course in this or another department.