Minimum Credit Requirement: 128 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 32 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum GPA: 2.0 required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: Discovery & Writing Program Requirements
Foreign Language Requirement: Yes
All Major, Option and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*Major GPA requirements as indicated.
Students must fulfill the requirements of the philosophy major plus the requirements of the option. Majors must take a minimum of ten (10) philosophy courses, for a total of 40 credits. A single course can satisfy multiple requirements for the major. The required minimum overall GPA in major coursework is 2.00 and the minimum grade for all courses counting toward the major is a "C-." Candidates for a degree must satisfy additional University requirements for graduation, such as:
- University "Writing Intensive" Requirements,
- Philosophy majors must satisfy the language requirement for the B.A., as a part of their liberal arts education. See the UNH Advising Handbook for how students may satisfy this requirement. Students who would like to satisfy this requirement with a language not offered by COLA (such as American Sign Language) should speak with their advisor about how to petition for an exception,
- minimum number of credits (128 credits for B.A. degree), and
- University Discovery Requirements.
Consult with your adviser early and often to plan the optimal path for fulfilling major and University requirements.
|Modern Philosophy from Descartes to Kant|
Political and Legal Philosophy Option Requirements
This option requires four philosophy courses (for a total of 16 credits) from those listed below. Students may “double count” these courses toward the general requirements of the philosophy major, for example, by counting three of these courses as the elective courses required for the major.
|Race, Gender and Social Justice|
|Introduction to Philosophy of Law and Justice|
|The Future of Humanity: Science, Technology, and Society|
|Ethics and Society|
|Social and Political Philosophy|
|Just Business: The Ethics of Markets and Money|
|Remaking Nature/The Ethics and Politics of Genetic Engineering|
|Philosophy and Feminism|
|Topics in Professional and Business Ethics|
|20th Century European Philosophy|
|Neuroscience and Philosophy|
|Law, Medicine, and Ethics|
|Topics in Value Theory (by permission)|
|Topics in Theories of Justice|
|Special Topics (by permission)|
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 (PHIL 412 Beginning Logic, PHIL 500 Workshop, PHIL 530 Ethics, PHIL 570 Ancient Philosophy, PHIL 580 Modern Philosophy from Descartes to Kant) and so free reference is made to materials, views, techniques, etc. covered in those lower-level core requirements.
For students majoring in only philosophy: philosophy majors may "double count" any two courses toward the major and also to satisfy Discovery requirements. For example, a philosophy major can count (1) PHIL 412 Beginning Logic toward the major requirement as well as using this course to satisfy the Quantitative Reasoning Discovery Category and (2) they can also count PHIL 421 Philosophy and the Arts toward both the major and the Fine and Performing Arts Discovery Category. Because PHIL 412 Beginning Logic and PHIL 570 Ancient Philosophy are required for the major and also satisfy Quantitative Reasoning and Humanities Categories, respectively, all majors could simply count these two courses toward their Discovery requirements. In various circumstances—for instance if a student already satisfied those Discovery requirements before becoming a philosophy major—one might prefer to count other philosophy courses toward different Discovery Categories, and they are free to do so.
For students double majoring with philosophy: The Department sets no limits on how many courses students may "double count" toward both the philosophy major and Discovery categories if philosophy is your second major. A double major with philosophy as the second major could in principle count any of the following courses toward the major while satisfying five Discovery Categories:
- Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Discovery Category could be satisfied by PHIL 412 Beginning Logic.
- Fine and Performing Arts (FPA) Discovery Category could be satisfied by PHIL 421 Philosophy and the Arts.
- Humanities (HUMA) Discovery Category could be satisfied by PHIL 401 Introduction to Philosophy, PHIL 405 Critical Thinking, PHIL 405W Critical Thinking, PHIL 410 Happiness, Well-Being , and a Good Life, PHIL 419 Race, Gender and Social Justice, PHIL 419W Race, Gender and Social Justice, PHIL 420 Introduction to Philosophy of Law and Justice, PHIL 430 Ethics and Society, PHIL 431 Business Ethics, PHIL 436 Social and Political Philosophy, PHIL #440 Just Business: The Ethics of Markets and Money, PHIL 440A Honors/Who Are You? Personal Identity and Humanity, PHIL 440B Honors/Who's Human Now?, PHIL 510 Philosophy and Feminism, PHIL 525 Existentialism, PHIL 531 Topics in Professional and Business Ethics, or PHIL 570 Ancient Philosophy.
- World Cultures (WC) Discovery Category could be satisfied by PHIL 440C Honors/The Copernican Lens: Finding a Place for Humanity or PHIL 520 Introduction to Eastern Philosophy.
- Environment, Technology, and Society (ETS) Discovery Category could be satisfied by PHIL 424 The Future of Humanity: Science, Technology, and Society, PHIL 435 Human Nature and Evolution, PHIL #444 Remaking Nature/The Ethics and Politics of Genetic Engineering, PHIL 447 Artificial Intelligence, Robots, and People, or PHIL 450 Environmental Ethics.