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Course Sequence

Recommended Sequence of Courses for Philosophy Major

First Year
Fall Term Winter Term  May Term
PHIL 1024 Intro to Philosophy* PHIL 1154 Practical Logic PHIL 2294 Special Topics in Philosophy** OR
PHIL 2514 Ancient Greek & Roman  Philosophy  PHIL 1024 Intro to Philosophy* Philosophy Elective**

Sophomore Year
Fall Term Winter Term  May Term
Philosophy Elective**  PHIL 2554 Modern Philosophy PHIL 2294 Special Topics in Philosophy** OR
  PHIL 1154 Practical Logic Philosophy Elective**

Junior Year
Fall Term Winter Term  May Term
PHIL 3424 Metaphysics OR PHIL 3424 Metaphysics OR PHIL 2294 Special Topics in Philosophy** OR
PHIL 3404 Epistemology PHIL 3404 Epistemology Philosophy Elective**
PHIL 3414 Ethical Theory (Offered in alternate years)    

Senior Year
Fall Term Winter Term  May Term
PHIL 3424 Metaphysics OR PHIL 4444 Senior Seminar PHIL 2294 Special Topics in Philosophy OR 
PHIL 3404 Epistemology  PHIL 4908 Senior Thesis*** Philosophy Elective 
PHIL 4904 Senior Thesis***    

Special Recommendations Concerning This Major:
  • A reading knowledge of a foreign language (Chinese, French, German, Greek, or Latin) is recommended for all philosophy students, but it is strongly recommended for students planning to pursue graduate study in philosophy.
  • Philosophy students are encouraged, but not required, to take one of the philosophy travel courses, especially those to either Greece or Paris, sites whose contributions to philosophy has been substantial; these courses are not offered every year but commonly appear at least once in any four-year cycle; students are also encouraged to participate in study abroad programs through either Transylvania or KIIS to places of philosophical significance.
  • *PHIL 1024 Introduction to Philosophy is not required for the major, but some students take the course in the first or second year as one of their electives in the major.
  • **4 philosophy electives are required
  • ***A senior thesis is not required for the major, but it is strongly recommended for students planning to pursue graduate study in philosophy or related fields; students should plan on two semesters to write the senior thesis.
Ethics: Students especially interested in topics related to ethics should consult with Dr. Cox about course selection.
Gender and Sex: Students especially interested in topics of sex, gender, and women’s studies  should consult with Dr. Cox about course selection.
Law: Students especially interested in topics concerning the law, politics, and society should consult with Dr. Fosl about course selection.
Environment: Students especially interested in topics concerning the law should consult with Dr. Fosl about course selection.
History of Philosophy: Students especially interested in topics concerning the history of ideas and the history of philosophy should consult with Dr. Fosl about course selection.
Cognitive Theory: Students especially interested in topics concerning the mind and cognitive theory should consult with Dr. Furlong about course selection. 
Medical Ethics: Students especially interested in topics concerned with medicine should consult with Dr. Furlong about course selection.