Major Requirements for Philosophy Majors
To satisfy the comprehensive requirement for the major, students must pass nine courses, exclusive of PHIL 498 and 499. Among these nine courses, majors are required to take:
- two courses in the History of Philosophy: Philosophy 217 Ancient Greek Philosophy, 218 Early Modern Philosophy, or 359 Kant and the 19th Century;
- one course on a Major Figure or Movement (for example, 359 Kant and the 19th Century, Philosophy 360 Language, or Method & Nonsense: Origins of Analytic Philosophy);
- one course in Logic (for example, Philosophy 213 Logic);
- one course in Moral Philosophy (for example, Philosophy 310 Ethics);
- one course in Theoretical Philosophy (for example, Philosophy 332 Metaphysics, 335 Theory of Knowledge, 341 Freedom & Responsibility, or 360 Language, Method & Nonsense: Origins of Analytic Philosophy);
- one Seminar (for example, Philosophy 410 Seminar: Epistemic Agency, or 450-479);
- two electives (for example, Philosophy 111 Philosophical Questions).
No course can count toward more than one requirement. If a student wishes to replace one of these seven required courses with another taken in a different Five-College department, he or she should petition the Amherst Department by sending a letter to its Chair. (Any course taken in a Five-College philosophy department can count as one of the two electives of the Amherst philosophy major; there is no need to petition the Department.) A maximum of three courses counting toward the satisfaction of the major requirements can be taken outside of the Amherst Department (unless an exception is granted by petition to the Department).