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Degree Option

Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in philosophy.

Description of Program

The study of philosophy attempts to develop a student’s understanding of the presuppositions underlying the main areas of human inquiry, an awareness of the range of reasonable answers to the ultimate questions individuals ask themselves, and a habit of critical reflection concerning the student’s own convictions about belief and conduct. The major is designed to permit broad interdepartmental studies and interdisciplinary synthesis. It provides a desirable background for graduate study and work in human relations, law, literature, the social sciences and theology.

In addition to the possibilities that the study of philosophy itself offers, we have much to offer as a department.  Our size affords us the luxury of really getting to know our students.  We take seriously Drake’s commitment to collaborative learning between faculty and students.  As faculty, we value time we spend with students beyond the classroom, engaging in conversation, mentoring students, and building community.

Requirements for Major

39 credit hours.
No more than 15 hours of <100 level courses may count toward major

Required Courses

  • Introductory (3 hrs):
    • PHIL 21 Introduction to Philosophy  
  • Ethics (3 hrs):
    • PHIL 90 Ethics
  • History of Philosophy (12 hrs) (Ancient, Modern, and any two of the other courses listed below):
    • PHIL 104 Ancient Philosophy (required)
    • PHIL 106 Modern Philosophy  (required)
    • PHIL 105 Medieval Philosophy
    • PHIL 107 Contemporary Philosophy
    • PHIL 109 American Philosophy
    • PHIL 110 Phenomenology
    • PHIL 123 Philosophy of History
    • PHIL 151 Continental Philosophy
  • Logic (3 hrs):
    • PHIL 115 Symbolic Logic
  • Theories of Language, Thought and Reality (3 hrs) (any one of the courses listed below):
    • PHIL 120 Introduction to Philosophical Hermeneutics
    • PHIL 126 Theories of Knowledge and Belief
    • PHIL 128 Language and Reality
  • Non-Western Philosophy (3 hrs):
    • PHIL 124 Eastern Philosophy
  • Senior Capstone (3 hrs):
    • PHIL 197 Senior Capstone

Elective Courses (9 hrs)

Special Notes

  • No more than 15 hours of < 100 level courses may count toward major.
  • Suggested fields of study that would nicely complement the Philosophy major but that do not necessarily count toward the major include Math, Latin, History, Theology, English, Sociology, Political Theory, Economic Theory.
  • Individual requirement may be waived with departmental approval only if student has taken additional courses outside the major that substantially strengthen the student’s major and only if the courses waived do not weaken the student’s major experience. This should happen only in extraordinary circumstances.

Requirements for Minor

18 credit hours

Required courses or other requirements:

  • PHIL 21 Introduction to Philosophy  
  • PHIL 90 Ethics
  • Either PHIL 104 Ancient Philosophy or PHIL 106 Modern Philosophy
  • Nine credit hours in upper division philosophy courses
  • No more than 12 credit hours in the minor may be in courses numbered below 100

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