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Undergraduate Major & Minors
Undergraduate Major & Minors

The core of our undergraduate program of study, for both majors and minors, is the history sequence, which ensures that every student is familiar with the trajectory of the European tradition, from the birth of philosophia among the ancient Greeks to the latest theories of twentieth and twenty-first century figures. However, this core tradition is then itself complicated, called into question, challenged, and thereby invigorated, through a wide variety of advanced courses, some on more specific figures or themes from the European tradition, some on various philosophical projects critiquing that tradition (such as psychoanalytic thought, post-structuralism, feminism, post-colonial thought, queer theory, and many others), and some in which that tradition is illuminatingly compared and contrasted with Asian, African, and Latin American thought.

This program provides every student who graduates with a major or a minor in philosophy with a rich and complex understanding of the contemporary world in which they live, as informed by a long historical tradition and complicated by other perspectives often neglected by that very tradition. Graduates of our program are thus young people with a rich historical consciousness, thoughtful individuals who are good readers and writers, armed with the tools of critical thinking that will be essential to success in whatever career they choose.


Major Requirements

Philosophy BA

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Why Study Philosophy?

A degree in Philosophy expands your perspective and prepares you with the skills necessary for any career path you choose.

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Philosophy Circle Schedule

Join our Philosophy Circle meetings where students have the opportunity to discuss philosophical issues and questions—as well as literature, poetry, art and film—that are less likely to come up in classes, in a more casual setting. Meetings are held approximately four times per quarter, usually on Wednesday evenings.

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