Program Requirements

Major 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 300U Philosophical Methods and Concepts (4 credits)
  • PHL 301U Ancient Philosophy (4 credits)
  • PHL 303 Early Modern Philosophy (4 credits)
  • PHL 308U Elementary Ethics (4 credits)
  • PHL 324U Intro to Formal Logic I (4 credits)
  • Two Historical Figures Courses (8 credits)
  • Four Thematic Courses (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.

Minor Requirements

To earn a Minor in Philosophy a student must complete 28 credits (8 credits must be taken in residence at PSU), and include the following courses:

  • PHL 201 Introduction to Philosophy (4 credits)
  • PHL 301U Ancient Philosophy (4 credits)
  • PHL 303 Early Modern Philosophy (4 credits)
  • PHL 308U 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.