Philosophy (BA)


Philosophy involves a critical examination of our most fundamental beliefs about truth and reality, right and wrong. In this major, students study the traditional answers to the big questions in Western philosophy and also the important critiques of that dominant tradition. They will explore ethical and justice issues which are crucial to contemporary legal, political, and public policy debates. Philosophy majors learn sophisticated forms of reasoning and textual analysis, and deepen their understanding of basic human problems and possibilities.

Credits required: 39                            Four Year Academic Plan

Coordinator: Professor Mary Ann McClure, Department of Philosophy (212.237.8340,

PART ONE: CORE COURSES Subtotal: 21 credits


PHI 105 Critical Thinking and Informal Logic
PHI 210 Ethical Theory
PHI 231 The Big Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy
PHI 310/LAW 310 Ethics and Law
PHI 330 Philosophical Modernity

Critiques of Philosophical Modernity
Select One

PHI 343 Existentialism
PHI 351 Classical Chinese Philosophy
PHI 354 / AFR 354 Africana Philosophy
PHI 3XX Latin American Philosophy

Capstone Courses
Select One

PHI 400 Senior Seminar in Ethics
PHI 401 Senior Seminar in the History of Philosophy
PHI 402 Senior Seminar in Metaphysics and Epistemology


Select one Subtotal: 3 credits

PHI 201 Philosphy of Art
PHI 203 Political Philosophy
PHI 224/ANT/PSY/SOC 224 Death, Dying, and Society: A Life Crises Management Issue
PHI 302 Philosophical Issues of Rights
PHI 315 Philosphy of Rule and Law

PHI 321 / CRJ 321 Police Ethics
PHI322 / CRJ 322 Judicial and Correctional Ethics
PHI333 / GEN 333 Theories of Gender and Sexuality
PHI 340 Utopian Thought
PHI 423 / POL 423 Special Topics in Justice


Select one Subtotal: 3 credits

PHI 202 Philosophical Visions of American Pluralism
PHI 326 Topics in the History of Modern Thought
PHI 327 19th Century European and American Philosphy
PHI 343 Existentialism
PHI 351 Classical Chinese Philosophy
PHI 345 / AFR 354 Africana Philosophy
PHI 3XX Latin American Philosophy


Select one Subtotal: 3 credits

PHI 104 Philosophy of Human Nature
PHI 204 Logic
PHI 205 Philosophy of Religion
PHI 304 Philosophy of Mind
PHI 374 Epistemology
PHI 377 Reality, Truth, and Being: Metaphysics

PART FIVE: ELECTIVES Subtotal: 9 credits

All students select three additional philosophy courses at the 300-level or higher.

Please note: No course may fill multiple requirements in the major.

TOTAL: 39 Credits