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General Education Requirements

The Department offers 12 courses that fulfill the Writing Intensive Requirement, PHIL 155, 180, 230, 235, 250, 252, 310, 330, 363, 365, 375 and 382; and one course that meets the Abstract Reasoning component of the Analytical Reasoning Requirement, PHIL 130. Philosophy provides five courses that fulfill the Domestic component of the Perspectives on Diversity Requirement, PHIL 243, 255, 382 and 386; and two courses that fulfill the International component of that requirement, PHIL 155 and 330. The Department also offers Earlham Seminars.

Courses with an asterisk fulfill the requirement only when the topic is appropriate. Students should check the course schedule for requirement designations.

The Major

Philosophy majors take a minimum of 10 courses designed to acquaint them with the history of Western philosophy, the branches and methods of philosophy, and a good variety of topics and contemporary problems.

The following courses are required:

  • PHIL 155 Ancient Greek Philosophy
  • PHIL 250 Modern Philosophy
  • PHIL 350 19th Century Philosophy
  • PHIL 480 Seminar
  • PHIL 488 Senior Capstone Experience I
  • PHIL 488 Senior Capstone Experience II
  • Five additional elective Philosophy courses: At least three of which must be numbered 300 or above.

The Minor

Minors in Philosophy must take at least six Philosophy courses. The following courses are required:

  • PHIL 155 Ancient Greek Philosophy
  • PHIL 250 Modern Philosophy
  • PHIL 350 19th Century Philosophy
  • Three additional elective Philosophy courses: At least two of which must be numbered 300 or above.