Hamilton Smith Hall
University of New Hampshire
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Philosophy Major - Bachelor of Arts
Majors must take a total of ten philosophy courses (40 credits) with a C- or above. The following courses constitute a core required of all majors:
Core Requirements (8 courses, 32 credits)
|PHIL 412||Beginning Logic||4|
|PHIL 500||Philosophy Workshop||4|
|PHIL 570||Ancient Philosophy||4|
|PHIL 580||Modern Philosophy Descartes to Kant||4|
One additional course in the history of philosophy
Majors must also take two seminars (i.e. courses at the 700 level).
The Discovery capstone requirement may be fulfilled by completing two 700-level seminars of the student's choice (as listed just above under "Core Requirements"), provided that at least one of these, if not both, is taken in the senior year. (As with all courses counting for the major, a grade of C- or better is required.)
Note that it is in the nature of 700-level seminars to presuppose by default that students have completed the main 400-level and 500-level core requirements (412, 500, 530, 570, 580) and so free reference is made to materials, views, techniques, etc. covered in those lower-level core requirements.
Although not required, students are strongly encouraged to consider the possibility of doing honors-in-major (and thus writing a thesis or an honors portfolio), and/or presenting research at the Undergraduate Research Conference, and/or fulfilling an undergraduate research grant in their senior year. This is especially encouraged for students considering graduate school in philosophy.
A single course can satisfy multiple requirements for the major.
Students must take additional elective courses in order to reach the required 10 courses for the major. PHIL 495 and 795 normally do not count toward fulfilling major requirement credits; exceptions may be granted by special permission.
Major department courses taken to satisfy major requirements cannot be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements, with the exception of PHIL 412, which may be used to satisfy both. For students who entered the University under the General Education Program, courses used to satisfy major requirements may also be used to satisfy general education requirements.
Students may add to the above major a special-interest program of value in planning for postgraduate education or entry into such areas as law, medicine, business, education, theology, or social work. Special advisers are prepared to provide informal counsel to philosophy majors interested in these areas.
Graduate Preparatory Emphasis
This emphasis is strongly recommended for students who plan to do graduate work in philosophy. Beyond the ten program courses, such students should select, with their advisers’ approval, two additional philosophy courses above the 400 level, for a total of twelve courses. One of these should be PHIL 550.
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