Students studying philosophy develop a balanced mix of conceptual creativity and high-level critical thinking, writing, and problem-solving skills.

 

Through Valpo’s philosophy major, students examine issues fundamental to all fields of inquiry — in dialogue with the great thinkers of both Western and non-Western civilizations.

The department recommends specific plans of study for those preparing for entrance into law school, seminary, or graduate study in philosophy. Majors who are preparing for graduate study in philosophy are advised to complete a minimum of 36 credit hours of philosophy

Foundations

B.A. students in philosophy at Valpo must complete the general-education requirements for the B.A.

 

Required Courses

One course from the following options
  • PHIL 145 Elementary Logical and Critical Thinking
  • PHIL 150 Formal Logic and Critical Thinking
3 credits
PHIL 275 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy 3 credits
PHIL 280 Modern Philosophy 3 credits
One course from the following options:
  • PHIL 285 History of 20th Century Anglo-American Philosophy
  • PHIL 286 History of 20th Century European Philosophy
3 credits
PHIL 401 Comprehensive Exam 1 credit
PHIL 425 Advanced Philosophical Topics 3 credits
PHIL 450 Philosophy Seminar 3 credits
PHIL 475 Advanced History of Philosophy 3 credits
One additional 100-level (or higher) Philosophy course 3 credits
One additional 200- or 300-level Philosophy course 3 credits
Two additional 300-level Philosophy courses 6 credits
TOTAL 34 credits

The philosophy department offers several minors for students with varying interests and professional ambitions.

All minors in the philosophy department require at least 18 credits.

Required Courses

One course from the following options
  • PHIL 145 Elementary Logical and Critical Thinking
  • PHIL 150 Formal Logic and Critical Thinking
3 credits
PHIL 275 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy 3 credits
PHIL 280 Modern Philosophy 3 credits
Two additional 100-level (or higher) Philosophy courses 6 credits
One 300- or 400-level Philosophy course 3 credits
TOTAL 18 credits

Required Courses

PHIL 120 Culture, Identity, and Values 3 credits
PHIL 125 The Good Life 3 credits
PHIL 250 Political Philosophy 3 credits
PHIL 275 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy 3 credits
PHIL 280 Modern Philosophy 3 credits
One course from the following options
  • PHIL 335 Ethical Theory
  • One 400-level ethics-themed Philosophy course (students should consult with their Philosophy adviser or the department chair to determine which courses are applicable)
3 credits
TOTAL 18 credits

Required Courses

One course from the following options
  • PHIL 145 Elementary Logical and Critical Thinking
  • PHIL 150 Formal Logic and Critical Thinking
3 credits
PHIL 275 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy 3 credits
PHIL 280 Modern Philosophy 3 credits
PHIL 285 History of 20th Century Anglo-American Philosophy 3 credits
PHIL 286 History of 20th Century European Philosophy 3 credits
One course from the following options
  • PHIL 475 Advanced History of Philosophy
  • One 400-level history-themed Philosophy course (students should consult with their Philosophy adviser or the department chair to determine which courses are applicable)
3 credits
TOTAL 18 credits

Required Courses

PHIL 130 Death and Immortality 3 credits
One course from the following options
  • PHIL 145 Elementary Logical and Critical Thinking
  • PHIL 150 Formal Logic and Critical Thinking
3 credits
PHIL 275 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy 3 credits
PHIL 280 Modern Philosophy 3 credits
PHIL 320 Metaphysics 3 credits
PHIL 330  Philosophy of Religion 3 credits
TOTAL 18 credits

History and Philosophy of Science Minor

One course from the following options
  • PHIL 145 Elementary Logical and Critical Thinking
  • PHIL 150 Formal Logic and Critical Thinking
3 credits
PHIL 205 Science and the Interpretation of Reality 3 credits
PHIL 280 Modern Philosophy 3 credits
PHIL 285 History of 20th Century Anglo-American Philosophy 3 credits
PHIL 310  Theory of Knowledge 3 credits
One course from the following options
  • PHIL 275 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
  • PHIL 315 Philosophy of Language and Mind
3 credits
TOTAL 18 credits

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