Philosophy Curriculum (Semesters, Beginning Autumn 2012)

Major Details

As a philosophy major at the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S), you learn how to read texts closely and how to write clearly. You also develop keen analytic and critical skills. Admission into the program is based on admission into the college and success in the first year of course work. To graduate with a major in philosophy, students must be admitted to A&S, declare a philosophy major and meet the following requirements:

  • Philosophy majors must complete a total of at least 36 credits in courses from the philosophy department (12 courses).
  • Philosophy majors must take two courses from the five Introduction to Philosophy courses 1000, 1001, 1002, 1003, or 1004, which are designed to introduce the major issues in philosophy.
  • Philosophy majors must take Symbolic Logic 2010.
  • Philosophy majors must take at least 18 credits (6 courses) at the 3000-level or above from the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (excluding 5099).
  • Philosophy majors are required to the Philosophy Capstone Course 5099.
  • Philosophy majors must take an additional 6 credits (2 courses) of philosophy course work.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher, in order to count toward the philosophy major.

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McMicken College's flexible degree requirements allow for and highly encourage students to pursue multiple areas of study. Free electives allow for enough credits for students to pursue a minor, certificate program or even complete a second major. Some of the most common pairings are listed below.


This curriculum information is intended as a general information guide for students considering enrollment in this major. These online tools are designed to assist you, but are not a substitute for planning with an academic or faculty advisor.
If you are currently enrolled at UC, you can audit your degree online. If you are considering transferring to this major from another school use the course applicability system (CAS) to see how credits you have earned will apply to this major at UC. For course descriptions by college, click here.

College Requirements

In sedition to the Philosophy Departments requirements for the major and minor in Philosophy, students must also plan to satisfy the requirements of their college. Students in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences should plan with their College adviser so that they satisfy their requirements at the appropriate stage of their studies. For planning purposes students should consult the appropriate College Requirements Check list for College requirements that are additional to Philosophy major and minor requirements: