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 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 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 1330Ethics1
or PHIL 1433 The Social Contract
or PHIL 1450 Philosophy of Law
PHIL 1710Introduction to Logic1
Select 3 courses in Value Theory (attribute APLV)3
Select 2 courses in Contemporary Theoretical Philosophy (attribute APLT)2
Select 2 courses in History of Philosophy (attribute APLH)2
Level Requirements
Select 4 course units of Level Requirement courses with 2 course units at the 2000 level or above and 2 course units at the 3000 or 5000 level 24
Courses in Related Fields
ECON 0000:4999
HIST 1000:4999
INTR 1000:4999
PSCI 1000:4999
Select 4 courses from related fields by approval 34
Total Course Units36

You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.


Courses can double count across Level and Distribution Requirements.


No introductory level courses except ECON 0100 Introduction to Micro Economics and ECON 0200 Introductory Economics: Macro.


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 2000 one of which must be above 3010. Please consult with the Undergraduate Chair for other specific criteria.

PHIL 4998Directed Honors Research (or a 5000-level course)1

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.