Undergraduate Philosophy Major and Minor

An undergraduate degree in philosophy provides a deep background in the history and development of Western thought and the opportunity to study the ethical, metaphysical and epistemological dimensions of our contemporary social choices. Such study develops strong critical thinking skills, rigorous logical analysis, clear writing and imaginative conceptual vision. It also provides students with excellent background for a wide variety of paths in graduate and professional education, and a highly competitive skill set if they decide to pursue employment directly upon graduation. Students may opt for a Philosophy major or minor.

I. Philosophy Major (34 - 36 credits)

The philosophy major consists of 1 logic course, 3 history of philosophy courses (200 level), 1 senior seminar, and 4 electives. The electives are divided among five areas of concentration. By taking 3 electives in one of the below areas of concentration, students can receive a certificate in that area. Students are encouraged, though not required to pursue a concentration.

Logic (4 credits)

  • Phil 110: Intro to Logic

History (12 credits)

  • Phil 200W: ancient Greek and medieval philosophy
  • Phil 202W: renaissance and modern philosophy
  • Phil 204W: 19th and 20th century philosophy

Senior Seminar (4 credits)

  • Phil 490RW: Senior Seminar

Electives (14 - 16 credits)

  • Four elective courses, at least 2 of which at the 400 level

II. Concentrations (13 - 16 credits)

Philosophy majors may also pursue a concentration, although this is not required. By fulfilling the requirements in one of the five areas of concentration listed below, students will receive a certificate in that area.

a. History of Philosophy (14 - 16 credits)

One 400 level course (4 credits) from the following list:

  • Phil 400: topics in ancient Greek philosophy
  • Phil 401: topics in medieval philosophy
  • Phil 402: topics in renaissance philosophy
  • Phil 403: topics in modern philosophy
  • Phil 404: topics in 19th century philosophy
  • Phil 405: topics in 20th century philosophy

One course (3 - 4 credits) related to the concentration chosen in consultation with a philosophy advisor

Any two other courses at the 300 level (7 - 8 credits) or above (one of these must be at the 400 level)

b. Humanities, Religion, and the Arts (13 - 16 credits)

One 300 or 400 level course (3 - 4 credits) directly related to the concentration:

  • Phil 350: philosophy of education
  • Phil 430: philosophy of literature
  • Phil 431: philosophy of religion
  • Phil 432: aesthetics
  • Phil 438: philosophy of culture

One course (3 - 4 credits) related to the concentration chosen in consultation with a philosophy advisor

Any two other courses (7 - 8 credits) at the 300 level or above (one of these must be at the 400 level)

c. Social Science and Law (13 - 16 credits)

One 300 or 400 level course (3 - 4 credits) from the following list:

  • Phil 321: Philosophy of Law
  • Phil 350: Philosophy of Education
  • Phil 420: Social and Political Philosophy
  • Phil 423: Philosophy and Feminism
  • Phil 425: Philosophy of Science
  • Phil 437: Philosophy of History

One course (3 - 4 credits) related to the concentration chosen in consultation with a philosophy advisor

Any two other courses (7 - 8 credits) at the 300 level or above (one of these must be at the 400 level)

d. Natural Science and Medicine (13 - 16 credits)

One 300 or 400 level course (3- 4 credits) from the following list:

  • Phil 316: Bioethics
  • Phil 352: ethics and nursing
  • Phil 425: Philosophy of Science
  • Phil 427: Epistemology
  • Phil 428: Metaphysics

One course (3 - 4 credits) related to the concentration chosen in consultation with a philosophy advisor

Any two other courses (7 - 8 credits) at the 300 level or above (one of these must be at the 400 level)

e. Ethics and Political Philosophy (13 - 16 credits)

One 300 or 400 level course (3 - 4 credits) from the following list:

  • Phil 316: Bioethics
  • Phil 317: environmental ethics
  • Phil 318: business ethics
  • Phil 319: military ethics
  • Phil 321: philosophy of law
  • Phil 351: ethics and the media
  • Phil 352: ethics and nursing
  • Phil 415: ethics
  • Phil 420: Social and Political Philosophy
  • Phil 423: Philosophy and Feminism

One course (3 - 4 credits) related to the concentration chosen in consultation with a philosophy advisor

Any two other courses (7 - 8 credits) at the 300 level or above (one of these must be at the 400 level)

III. Philosophy Minor (18 - 20 credits)

Two 200 level history courses (8 credits) from the following list:

  • Phil 200W: ancient Greek and medieval philosophy
  • Phil 202W: renaissance and modern philosophy
  • Phil 204W: 19th and 20th century philosophy

One additional course at any level (3 - 4 credits)

Any two other courses at the 300 level or above (7 - 8 credits. At least one of which must be at the 400 level)

IV. Ethics Minor

You can earn an Ethics minor by taking PHIL 115: Introduction to Ethics, plus any four philosophy courses of the following list:

PHIL 205: Introduction to Biomedical Ethics
PHIL 215: Contemporary Moral Issues
PHIL 235: Military Ethics
PHIL 315: Ethics
PHIL 482: Ethics and International Affairs
PHIL 490S: Ethics and Conceptions of Nature

Alternatively, you can also choose any four courses from the list provided but The Emory Center of Ethics here.

V. Joint Majors

a. Classics/Philosophy

PHIL 110, PHIL 200, PHIL 202, and 3 electives of which two must be at the 300 level or above; 5 courses in Greek or Latin but no combination of both (45 hours); Additional credit hours for the major beyond the required courses may be taken in Classics (including Greek and Latin), Philosophy, or other courses that focus on Art History, History, or Philosophy of ancient Greece and/or Rome offered by or cross-listed with other departments.

b. Religion/Philosophy

REL 300; 1 course of REL 301-320; 4 religion electives, at least two 200+; PHIL 110, 2 out of the History courses at 200 level PHIL 200W, PHIL 202W, PHIL 204W, 3 electives of which one must include either PHIL 131 or PHIL 431, and at least one must be 200+. One Senior seminar, either REL 490 in Religion or PHIL 490 in Philosophy.