Philosophy: Humanistic Philosophy, BA

Philosophy seeks to illuminate fundamental aspects of the world, of our relation to and knowledge of the world, and of our own nature as rational, purposive, and social beings. The study of philosophy aims at an appreciation of the ways this enterprise has been, is, and might be approached. It also provides a vantage point for reflecting on the nature and achievement of other disciplines, such as science, the arts, and the humanities. Philosophical topics can be divided roughly into VALUE THEORY (ethics, politics, aesthetics) and THEORETICAL PHILOSOPHY (epistemology, metaphysics, mind, and logic). The four concentrations available within the major allow students to emphasize different sets of questions.

The Humanistic Philosophy Concentration emphasizes practical philosophy and its history; it pairs philosophy courses with courses in one or more humanistic disciplines.

The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 36. Double majors may entail more course units.

Required: 8 course units in Philosophy and 8 course units in Humanities and/or Political Science (Non-Philosophy courses need permission of the Undergraduate Chair).

For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.

College General Education Requirements and Free Electives
Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives20
Major Requirements
Distribution Requirements
PHIL 003Ancient Greek Philosophy1
PHIL 004History of Modern Philosophy1
PHIL 005Formal Logic I1
Select 1 course in Theoretical Philosophy
Select 2 courses in Ethics or Political Philosophy
Level Requirements
Select 2 course units of Philosophy at 200 level or above
Select 1 course unit of Philosophy at 300 level
Humanities and/or PSCI Courses
Select 8 courses of HUM or PSCI courses 28
Other Courses in Philosophy5
Total Course Units36


Must be a Senior Major in Philosophy and have a minimum 3.33 GPA in the major. Applicants must have completed the distribution requirements for the major including two courses above 200 one of which must be above 301. Please consult with the Undergraduate Chair for other specific criteria.

PHIL 301Directed Honors Research (or a 500-level course)1


The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2021 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.