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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Philosophy - Major

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The philosophy major consists of two 3-credit basic courses (PHL.Q 101 Philosophical Inquiry , PHL 210 Ethics ) two historically-oriented philosophy courses (PHL 301 History I: Ancient-Medieval , PHL 302 History II: Modern-Contemporary ), a Philosophy Seminar (PHL 401 , PHL 402 , PHL 403 , or PHL 404 ), the philosophy comprehensive examination (PHL 499 ), and six philosophy electives.

Core Curriculum Requirements

All Nazareth students complete Core Curriculum coursework as part of their degree requirements. The Core provides a foundation in the liberal arts and sciences while guiding students to pose and explore their own intellectual questions. See Academic Policies and Procedures  for specific core curriculum requirements. 

Philosophy Core

All Philosophy Majors are to complete the Philosophy Core requirements below:

Philosophy Senior Experience

Each Philosophy Major is required to take a Philosophy Seminar, and pass the Philosophy Comprehensive Examination.  The latter consists in writing a substantial philosophical essay (3500 words), the topic of which is selected with departmental advisement, and defending that essay publicly within the final semester of course work.

Philosophy Sample Program

Freshman Year

  • Perspectives - Enduring Questions (PEQ) Math and Science with Lab Credits: 7
  • Perspectives - Enduring Questions (PEQ) Credits: 6
  • Perspectives - Enduring Questions (PEQ) Philosophy Credits: 3
  • Foreign Language Credits: 6
  • Health and Wellness Credits: 0

As well as:

Sophomore Year

  • Perspectives - Enduring Questions (PEQ) Credits: 6
  • Electives  Credits: 3
  • Liberal Arts Electives  Credits: 9
  • Integrative Studies (IS) courses Credits: 6
  • Experiental Learning (EL) pathway Credits: 0

As well as:

Junior Year

  • Liberal Arts Electives Credits: 3
  • Integrative Studies (IS) Credits: 3
  • Core Milestone Experience (CME) Credits: 0
  • Electives Credits: 12
  • Philosophy Electives Credits: 6

Senior Year

As well as one of the following Philosophy Honors Seminars:

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