The Philosophy MajorWhat is philosophy? Philosophy is the attempt to answer certain persistent human questions. These questions fall into three traditional categories:
Why major in philosophy? By studying what the great philosophers have to say about questions such as those above, one can learn to think more deeply about every aspect of human life. Philosophy majors also learn to see the connections between very different fields of thought such as science, religion, and ethics. And philosophy majors develop very strong skills in writing, in argumentation, and in the communication of complex ideas. For some interesting information about the strong critical thinking skills correlated with the philosophy major, try out the following website: http://www.okstate.edu/artsci/philosophy/page2.html
What are the requirements for the philosophy major?
Applicants for a major in philosophy must display a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher (4.0=A) in all college work applicable to the degree, or 3.0 in the 45 credits immediately preceding application to the major.
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for the Philosophy Major
Students who choose philosophy as a first or second major must take at least one of PHI 1100 or PHI 3900. Students who choose philosophy as a second major must earn a total of 50 credits, 25 of which must be upper division. The distribution of the 50 credits among the various areas is similar to the above. However, the student may omit 5 credits from the history, systematic or elective courses with the approval of the philosophy faculty.
All students who complete the philosophy major must be proficient in a foreign language. Proficiency is established upon satisfactory completion of the third quarter of a first year college-level foreign language or its equivalent. For alternative ways of satisfying this requirement, see the general education section of the Catalog. Language proficiency is not satisfied as part of the community college direct transfer degree unless the transcript records the completion of foreign language coursework.
It is recommended that prospective majors take (a) an introductory course and (b) the logic sequence (PHI 1001 & PHI 2001) prior to taking other courses in the major.
Stephen Layman, Ph.D.
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