Department of English and Comparartive Literature
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Professors: S. Stelzer (Unit Head), E. Wolf-Gazo
Associate Professors: W. Lammi, R. Switzer
Assistant Professors: D. Coble, G. Harman
The study of philosophy involves engaging in a process of coming to terms with oneself, and thus with one's place in the world. This requires a clear and careful thinking of a wide ranging sort, questioning assumptions and attitudes, analyzing problems thoroughly and seeking their solutions through sound reasoning and evidence. Some of the major concerns addressed by philosophy are: moral and socio-political values, the nature of knowledge, the relation of the mind to the body, the principles of the sciences, the arts, and religion. Philosophy aims, in addition, comprehensively to situate these subjects in terms of underlying questions about the meaning of existence and the nature of reality.
Bachelor of Arts
The philosophy major stresses a firm grounding in both the history and the disciplines of philosophy. It is strongly recommended that students majoring in Philosophy minor in another discipline and to explore other areas of study offered by the university. Thirty-nine (39) credit hours of philosophy course-work are required for the major in philosophy. A total of 120 credit hours are required for the bachelor's degree in philosophy. Declared majors must enroll in a minimum of 6 credit hours of philosophy every semester. Exception to the 6 credit per semester minimum require written permission from the unit.
To major in Philosophy, students must have taken PHIL 220 course with not less than a B grade. In addition, they must have a minimum of 2.4 overall GPA.
Core Curriculum (40 credits)