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Department of Philosophy
Philosophy Major
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BACHELOR DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS:

1. 24 credits in Integrative Studies
2. Mathematics course(s)
3. Tier I writing requirement (4 credits)
4. Tier II writing requirement, must be satisfied by completing PHL 492 or 499
5. Total of at least 120 credits

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND LETTERS REQUIREMENTS:

1. 30 credits at the 300-400 level among the 120 credits required for graduation.
2. One cognate area, satisfied one of three ways:

        a. Another major
        b. A minor
        c. One 15 credit cognates

3. Capstone requirement (PHL 492).
4. Second year proficiency in a foreign language (typically fulfilled by a course numbered 202). 

PHILOSOPHY DEPARTMENT REQUIREMENTS:

A total of at least 36 PHL credits, including:

1. Two Traditions courses chosen from: PHL 210, PHL 211, PHL 212, PHL 213, PHL 214

2. One Logic course: PHL 130, PHL 330, PHL 432

3. One Value Theory course: PHL 340, PHL 342, PHL 344, PHL 345, PHL 350, PHL 356

4. One Metaphysics & Epistemology course: PHL 360, PHL 361, PHL 380

5. At least three courses at the 400 level (in addition to PHL 492)

6. The senior seminar PHL 492 (offered Spring Semester only)

NoteAll philosophy majors, whether primary, additional, or secondary (dual-degree), are required to satisfy the College of Arts and Letters Requirements.  Additional and dual-degree majors are considered to satisfy the cognate requirement by means of their non-philosophy major.  The most important requirement to plan for is the foreign language proficiency requirement. 

Students who have declared the Philosophy Major before Fall 2019 may be subject to the previous set of requirements:

A total of at least 36 PHL credits, including:

1. History of Philosophy requirement: PHL 210 and PHL 211

2. One Logic course: PHL 130, PHL 330, PHL 432

3. One Value Theory course: PHL 340 or PHL 350

4. One Metaphysics & Epistemology course: PHL 418, PHL 460, PHL 461, PHL 462, PHL 480

5. At least three courses at the 400 level (in addition to PHL 492)

6. The senior seminar PHL 492 (offered Spring Semester only)

 

 

Contact the Undergraduate Program Director, Professor Todd Hedrick (hedrickt@msu.edu) or Amy Lampe (Academic Advisor, lampeamy@msu.edufor appointments or more information.