The Professional Track (33 Semester Hours Required)

The Professional Track is designed for students considering philosophy as a professional discipline. It is especially appropriate for those considering graduate work in philosophy and those with an interest in a thorough and systematic study of the full range of philosophical thought. While a foreign language is not required for the major, students considering graduate school should seriously consider sufficient course work in German, French, Latin, or Greek so that they achieve fluency in the language.

Receiving a "C" or better in 33 semester hours of upper division philosophy courses distributed as follows will fulfill the requirements for this track:

I. Logic and Probability (3 hours)

  • PHI 4130 Symbolic Logic
  • PHI 4161 Philosophy and Probability

PHI 2100 and PHI 2103 do not fulfill the Logic/Probability requirement for this track, but one of these two may count toward the major under the category "other Philosophy Courses".

II. Epistemology/Metaphysics (6 hours)

  • PHI 3300 Epistemology
  • PHI 3320 Philosophy of Mind
  • PHI 3400 Philosophy of Science
  • PHI 3420 Philosophy of Social Science
  • PHI 3454 Philosophy of Biology
  • PHI XXXX Language and Paradox
  • PHI 3500 Metaphysics
  • PHI 3700 Philosophy of Religion
  • PHI 4220 Philosophy of Language
  • PHP 4782 Phenomenology
  • PHP 4786 Existentialism
  • PHI 4836 Philosophy of Time
  • PHI 4764 Religious Experience

III. Value Theory (6 hours)

  • PHI 2600 Introduction to Ethics
  • PHI 3601 Ethics
  • PHI 3800 Philosophy of Art
  • PHI 3640 Environmental Ethics
  • PHI 3638 Contemporary Ethical Issues
  • PHI 4633 Biomedical Ethics
  • PHM 3200 Social and Political Philosophy
  • PHM 4123 Philosophy and Feminism
  • PHM 4430 Philosophy of Law
  • PHP 4510 Marxism
  • PHM 4430 Topics in the Philosophy of Law
  • PHI XXXX Philosophy of Film

IV. History of Philosophy (9 hours)

  • PHH 3100 Ancient Philosophy
  • PHH 3200 Medieval Philosophy
  • PHH 3420 Early Modern Philosophy
  • PHH 3440 Late Modern Philosophy
  • PHH 4600 Twentieth Century Philosophy
  • PHI 4930 A Major Philosopher
  • PHH 3401 16th and 17th Century Philosophy
  • PHH 3402 British Empiricism

V. Non-Western Philosophy (3 hours)

  • PHH 3810 Philosophy of Buddhism
  • PHH 3840 Chinese and Japanese Philosophy
  • PHI 3073 African Philosophy
  • PHH 3042 Latin American Philosophy
  • PHI 3762 Eastern Philosophical and Religious Thought

VI. Other Philosophy Courses (3 hours)

Any Philosophy courses (PHI, PHH, PHM, and PHP prefixes) may be used to fulfill this portion of the requirement provided that they have not been used to fulfill one of the earlier distribution requirements.

VII. Philosophy Seminar (3 hours)