In order to major in philosophy, a student must complete at least 30 credit hours in philosophy, including the following:
In addition, the student shall indicate satisfactory performance on the department's comprehensive graduation requirement which includes a thesis and an oral examination on the thesis.
Philosophy Minor Requirements
In order to minor in philosophy, a student must complete at least 18 credit hours in philosophy, including the following:
Plus any two 200-level or higher courses.
The Interdisciplinary Ethics Minor prepares students for ethical leadership and responsibility in a wide variety of professional settings. The expanding field of applied ethics affords opportunities for entry-level employment and also rewards advanced graduate work (in law, medicine, and business, as well as politics and government.). This series of courses explores the interdisciplinary nature of ethics while strengthening critical thinking and analytic writing. It ensures a theoretical understanding of ethics along with case studies and internship experience resolving concrete ethical dilemmas. A commitment to strengthening these transferrable skills provides leverage and qualitative capital in the pursuit of professional positions.
There is a growing need for expertise in applied ethics, in both the public and private arena. Many corporations engage in workplace ethics training and therefore prize applicants who can assist in conflict resolution or who can analyze various conflicts of interest. Ethics boards exist in most mid-sized and larger medical institutions. While the quantity of full-time ethics officers is growing, many organizations employ ethics compliance officers who also fulfill other duties. This minor positions our students for such positions.
The minor in ethics must pass both of the following courses with a C- or better:
The Student must pass, additionally, four courses from among the following. At least two of these must be outside the philosophy department, or cross-listed: