2023-2024 Catalog 
    Jul 17, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Philosophy Major

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Our goal is to have students think philosophically on the meaning of one’s life, the conceptual foundations of belief, and the nature of self and responsibility.

To accomplish this goal our students read, discuss, and analyze in writing (1) philosophical problems (ontology of self and other; metaphysics of action; possibility of knowledge; origin and value of ethical systems; and concern for social justice), and (2) major figures and eras in historical and contemporary philosophy (ancient, medieval, modern, post-modern, etc.).

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Identify primary philosophical themes found in the writings of major philosophers
  • Write historical and argumentative essays on central philosophical issues
  • Develop philosophical arguments using formal and informal methods originated by historical and contemporary philosophers

Major Requirements (44 units)

All incoming students are advised to immediately enroll in PHIL 310 - Ancient & Medieval Philosophy , which will also satisfy the Core D1 Philosophy requirement. PHIL 315 - Ethics for Majors , also required, will satisfy the Core D3 Ethics requirement.

Electives (28 units)

Students complete 7 elective courses. At least 5 of them must be upper division (i.e. at the 300-400 level).

Senior Thesis in Philosophy

*The senior thesis (PHIL 398 ) is an elective for students wishing to work in depth on a research paper of significance. Approval by a full-time faculty member, who will serve as the senior thesis advisor, is required. Students will work on their thesis during their final year at USF, for 1-2 credit hours each of two consecutive semesters, for a total of 2-4 credit hours. A directed study form must be filled out, signed by the advisor and department chair, and submitted to CASA for each semester of the senior thesis.

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