Philosophy Major

The requirements for a Major in Philosophy are as follows (in addition to the usual degree requirements for the Arts & Humanities, such as the global engagement requirement):

A total of at least 39 hours (thirteen courses) in philosophy.*  For a course to count toward a student's major, the grade in the course must be C- or above. The average of all grades counted toward the major must be 2.0 or greater. Therefore, grades of C- will have to be balanced with higher grades. (C- counts as 1.7 toward the GPA.)

The thirteen philosophy courses must be distributed as follows:

  • at least six courses numbered 300 or above, of which at least two must be numbered 400 or above.
  • at least one course in logic at any level.
  • at least two courses numbered 200 or above in the history of pre-twentieth-century philosophy.
  • at least two courses numbered 200 or above in value theory (including aesthetics and political philosophy as well as ethics).
  • at least two courses numbered 200 or above in metaphysics or epistemology (including philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of religion, as well as metaphysics and theory of knowledge).

Here is a list of philosophy courses that can be used to satisfy the various distributive requirements.  Please note that not all of the courses on this list are taught every year.  The department also offers new courses from time to time that may not appear on this list.  You should check with an advisor to determine what, if any, distributive requirement such a course fulfills.

* Up to 9 credit hours (three courses) from outside of PHIL may be counted towards the major degree upon departmental approval.

Students should organize their course of study to make sure they acheive the following "benchmarks"

  • Year 1 (after declaring the major):  PHIL170; one other course in PHIL
  • Year 2:  one course in the History of Philosophy; one other course in PHIL
  • Year 3:  five PHIL courses

Students are reminded that, if there is a topic that doesn't figure in our list of courses, they are welcome to ask a faculty member to teach an individual study course on that topic (working either with a single student, or with a small group).

Transfer Credit

Routine transfer credit issues are dealt with by the Transfer Credit Center:

      http://www.tce.umd.edu

Check with them first about transferring classes from another institution. (Remember that if you are already registered here and you plan to take classes elsewhere, you must get prior approval.)