Declaring

Download the Declaration Form for both the major and the minor (PDF).

The Major and Minor

A comprehensive description of the requirments for the major and minor, and of which courses satisfy which of the distribution requirements, can be found in the university bulletin. A list of courses categorized by the requirements they fulfill can be found here.

The major requires nine courses:

  • At least five semester courses counted toward the major must be taught by faculty of the philosophy department.
  • At least four courses must be upper-level (99 and above), distributed as follows:
    • At least one must be among the following core upper-level courses in moral, social and political philosophy. 
    • At least two must be among the following upper-level courses in metaphysics and epistemology. PHIL 99 counts as an upper-level elective, but does not satisfy this distribution requirement.
  • At least one course must be in the history of philosophy.
  • At least one course must be in logic.
  • A maximum of one semester of 98a and b or 99a and b can be counted toward the major. (PEER 94A does not count.)

The minor requires five courses:

  • At least three of the five semester courses counted toward the minor must be taught by faculty of the philosophy department.
  • At least one course of the five courses must be upper-level (100 and above).
  • And if you choose to do an independent reading course (PHIL 98a or 98b), then you can only count one semester of that independent reading course toward the minor; PEER 94a does not count.