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Philosophy

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Faculty

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Professors

Stephen E. Braude

Associate Professors

Jessica Pfeifer
Steven Yalowitz

Assistant Professors

Zena Hitz

Instructor

Roye S. Templeton
Richard L. Wilson

Courses in this program are listed under PHIL.

The philosophy major and minor emphasize critical analysis, problem-solving and the formulation and evaluation of arguments in oral and written contexts. Philosophy students learn to think logically and critically. The major also introduces students to a range of traditional philosophical issues and provides an opportunity to read carefully the works of some of the greatest thinkers in history.

Honors Program

The honors program in philosophy allows philosophy majors to receive the B.A. in Philosophy with honors.

Eligibility Requirements: Students applying for admission to the Honors Program in Philosophy must apply no later than two weeks before the last day to add Independent Study courses for the first semester of their senior year. Applicants must have completed at least 45 credits of university course work and earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or above. Applicants must also have completed at least four 300 or 400 level courses in Philosophy with a grade point average in those courses of 3.5 or above. Transfer students must have completed at least two 400 level courses in Philosophy with a grade point average in those courses of 3.5 or above. Students who do not meet the eligibility requirements may petition the Honors Coordinator for admission to the Program.

Requirements of the Program: Candidates for graduation with honors must satisfy the following requirements.

  1. They must have completed at least 36 credits (12 courses) in Philosophy with a grade of “B” or above.
  2. They must have completed at least 18 credits (6 courses) in Philosophy at the 300 or 400 level, with a grade of “B” or above.
  3. They must have completed the requirements for a major in Philosophy.
  4. They must have an overall cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 and a grade point average in Philosophy of at least 3.5.
  5. In his or her senior year, the candidate must complete PHIL 405 and PHIL 406 (“Honors Independent Study in Philosophy”), a two-semester sequence of courses devoted to the final project, normally an Honors paper. This two-semester course sequence of courses is to be taken starting in the first semester of the candidate’s senior year, and the Honors project must be completed at least six weeks before the end of classes in the second semester of the candidate’s senior year.
  6. They must have fulfilled all university requirements for graduation and be a student in good standing.

The Honors Final Project: The final project, normally a paper, must be prepared in consultation with a faculty advisor and submitted for approval at least six weeks before the end of classes in the candidate’s graduating semester. After it is submitted, the paper will be read by two faculty members—the candidate’s Honors advisor and a reader. The candidate will then meet with the advisor and reader to discuss the paper. Upon their approval, the advisor and the reader will recommend to the Honors Coordinator no later than two weeks before the end of classes in the candidate’s graduating semester that the project be accepted for Honors.

The Honors Coordinator: The Department Chair shall act as Honors Coordinator. He or she shall recommend candidates to the Department faculty for admission to the Honors Program and shall assign an advisor and a reader to each Honors candidate.