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.

Minor in History and Philosophy of Science

This is an interdisciplinary Minor through the History Department. For information please visit the History Department Undergraduate Program Options, or see this HPS Minor Requirements Information Sheet.