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Degree Programs

Undergraduate Course Requirements

In addition to meeting the general University degree requirements, the philosophy major must take a minimum of 56 credits in philosophy courses. Specific requirements are:

  • PHL 201 Introduction to Philosophy (4 credits)
  • PHL 300 Philosophical Methods and Concepts (4 credits)
  • PHL 301 Ancient Philosophy (4 credits)
  • PHL 303 Early Modern Philosophy (4 credits)
  • PHL 308 Elementary Ethics (4 credits)
  • PHL 324 Introduction to Formal Logic I (4 credits)
  • Two courses taken from the following (historical/classical figures): PHL 414, 415, 416, 417, 419, 420, 422, 451 (8 credits)
  • Four courses taken from PHL 423, 424, 432, 433, 445, 446, 447, 449, 470, 471, 474 (16 credits)
  • Philosophy electives (8 credits)
  • Total = 56 credits

A maximum of 8 credits of philosophy taken under the undifferentiated grading option (pass/no pass) is acceptable toward fulfilling department major requirements.


 

Requirements for a Minor in Philosophy

To earn a minor in philosophy a student must complete 28 credits (8 credits must be taken in residence at PSU), to include the following:

  • PHL 201 Introduction to Philosophy (4 credits)
  • PHL 301 Ancient Philosophy (4 credits)
  • PHL 303 Early Modern Philosophy (4 credits)
  • PHL 308 Elementary Ethics (4 credits)
  • Philosophy electives (to include a minimum of 8 credits in upper-division courses) (12 credits)
  • Total = 28 credits

A maximum of 4 credits of philosophy taken under the undifferentiated grading option (pass/no pass) are acceptable toward fulfilling department minor requirements.


 

Minor in History and Philosophy of Science: This is an interdisciplinary Minor through the History Department. For information, please see the below link.

http://www.pdx.edu/sites/www.pdx.edu.history/files/UGminorrequirements-HSTPHLofScience.pdf

 


 

Guidelines for Philosophy Honors Option

The Philosophy Department's honors option is designed to challenge and enrich the educational experience of superior philosophy majors and, with a successful completion, recognize and honor their achievements. The requirements to qualify for departmental honors include: an accepted honors application; at least Junior standing; completion of at least 20 credits of philosophy (including at least one 400-level course); minimum GPA of 3.5 in philosophy courses; writing sample.

In addition to the completion of at least 60 credits in philosophy and a minimum GPA of 3.5 in philosophy courses at graduation, the student must complete the Honors Seminar (PHL 485) and Honors Thesis (PHL 403) with receipt of A- or above in both courses.

For further details on requirements, expectations, and for an application, please contact the department office at 503-725-3524.