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Major & Minor Requirements

Requirements for the Major in Philosophy

Number of Units
Eight units are required, which may include the SIP.

Required Courses
PHIL 107 Logic and Reasoning
PHIL 208 19TH Century Philosophy
PHIL 490 Philosophy Seminar
Three student-chosen electives

Two of the following History or Traditions Courses:
PHIL 109 Existentialism and Film
PHIL 205 Ancient Philosophy
PHIL 206 Early Modern Philosophy
PHIL 207 18th-Century Philosophy
PHIL 310 Critical Social Theory: The Dialectic of Enlightenment
PHIL 311 Postmodern Critical Theory

Majors Preparing for Graduate Studies in Philosophy are Strongly Recommended to pursue the following programs

Number of Units
Ten units are required, which may include the SIP.

Required Courses
PHIL 107 Logic and Reasoning
PHIL 208 19th Century Philosophy
Core History Sequence:
PHIL 109 Existentialism and Film
PHIL 205 Ancient Philosophy
PHIL 206 Early Modern Philosophy
PHIL 207 18th-Century Philosophy
PHIL 490 Philosophy Seminar
Three or four electives chosen in close consultation with Department

Honors in the Philosphy Major:

The following are necessary conditions for receiving honors in the philosophy major:

  • Grade point average of 3.75
  • Honors in the Senior Individualized Project
  • Senior Seminar grade of 4.00
  • Unanimous judgment with the department

The Philosophy Department reserves the right to deny honors to a student found to be in violation of the Kalamazoo College Honor Code.

 

Requirements for the Minor in Philosophy

Number of Units
Six units are required.

Required Courses
PHIL 105 Ethics
Two historical or "traditions" courses: See list under Required Courses for the Major in Philosophy

Three electives chosen in consultation with the department. We also recommend either supervisory or advisory involvement with the SIP.

A SIP in Philosophy does not count toward minor requirements.

A minimum of eight units in philosophy are required to complete the major.  A philosophy SIP carries two units that may be counted towards this eight.  Majors are required to take either Ethics or Theories of Knowledge (both may be counted towards the major).  Since the departmental Comprehensive Examination assumes that students have a working knowledge of Western Philosophy, majors are also required to take at least two courses covering historical movements or periods.  Majors must also take Logic and Reasoning, a course whose subject matter is also represented on the Comprehensive Examination.  The Senior Seminar is a required "Capstone" course.  We advise majors preparing for graduate studies to take at least one of the following 20th-century "field" courses: Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Law, or Metaphysics and Mind.