Department of English and Philosophy


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Traditional Philosophy

The Traditional Philosophy major provides students pursuing liberal arts education training in the history of philosophy, philosophical issues, and the analytic skills required in philosophy. This training will provide students with strong analytical and writing skills, the ability to read philosophical texts critically, the ability to formulate and defend philosophical positions, and a grasp of the historical context and broader implications of philosophical positions.

Our professors have published numerous papers, have completed extensive research, and have presented their papers and research at conferences and congresses around the world.

A student with this degree could be looking for a career as a lawyer, social worker, counselor, professor, or researcher. Alumni from our undergraduate program have held positions in college advisory, law firms, counseling, and non-profit organizations.

Degree Requirements

Philosophy majors need to complete all General Education requirements set forth by the university. The General Education requirements can be found here.

In addition to completing the General Education requirements, Philosophy majors are required to complete 30 credits within the Department of English and Philosophy related to their area of study. The courses students are required to take for the major are listed below.

Click here to download the Philosophy — Traditional Major Requirement Worksheet for your records.

Required Courses

  • PHIL 2201 – Introduction to Logic (3 cr.)
  • PHIL 3305 – History of Philosophy: Greek Reason and Christian Faith (3 cr.)
  • PHIL 3315 – History of Philosophy: Early Modern Philosophy (3 cr.)
  • PHIL 4450 – Ethical Theory (3 cr.)
  • PHIL 4460 – Theory of Knowledge (3 cr.)
  • PHIL 4492 – Senior Tutorial (3 cr.)

Elective Component

  • 4 additional 3-credit Philosophy courses (12 cr.)



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