Philosophy: Political and Moral 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 practical (ethics, politics, aesthetics) and theoretical (epistemology, metaphysics, mind, and logic). The four concentrations available within the major allow students to emphasize different sets of questions.

The new Political and Moral Philosophy Concentration emphasizes the philosophical treatment of normative questions. Its coursework focuses on questions about ethics, morality, politics, and law.

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

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 002Ethics1
or PHIL 008 The Social Contract
or PHIL 077 Philosophy of Law
PHIL 005Formal Logic I1
Select 3 courses in Contemporary Value Theory3
Select 2 courses in Theoretical Philosophy2
Select 2 courses in History of Philosophy2
Level Requirements
Select 4 course units of Level Requirement courses with 2 course units at the 200 level or above and 2 course units at the 300 or 500 level 24
Courses in Related Fields
Select 4 courses from related fields by approval 34
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 requirement 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 Research1

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.