Philosophy Major

Listed below are the requirements for the Philosophy major. In addition to the requirements for the major, students must also satisfy all of the university general education requirements and the College of Letters & Science breadth and other degree requirements. Degree requirements will vary depending on when you took your first college class. You are strongly advised to consult both the philosophy advisor and your L&S advisor to ensure you stay on track towards a degree. Read more about the degree requirements on the L&S Degree Requirements web pages.

Philosophy Major Requirements

At UWM, incoming freshmen interested in studying philosophy are advised to begin with the general introductory course, PHILOS 101, though there are several courses, especially at the 200 level, that are open to students without a background in philosophy. The 300 level includes courses designed to provide more in-depth treatments of traditional philosophical areas. Courses at the 400 level are devoted to the history of philosophy. Courses at the 500 level deal with specific issues and problems.

The College of Letters & Science requires that students complete at least 15 upper-division (numbered 300 and above) credits in the major in residence at UWM. Students also must attain at least a 2.0 GPA on all credits in the major attempted at UWM. In addition, they must attain a 2.0 GPA on all major credits attempted, including any transfer work.

It is expected that the required courses in the history of philosophy (PHILOS 430 and PHILOS 432) will be taken as soon as the student decides to major in philosophy (normally during the junior year). Students must fulfill the capstone/research requirement in the senior year. It is recommended strongly that students become proficient in at least one related academic discipline. Each major will be asked to submit a paper for inclusion in a portfolio that is kept in the department. Typically, this will be a paper written for PHILOS 685. It should be stressed that this is not an additional requirement for graduation as a major. Rather, it is part of the department's ongoing effort to evaluate and improve our major program.

A minimum of 30 credits in philosophy is required.

PHILOS 211Elementary Logic 13
PHILOS 430Great Thinkers of the Ancient Period3
PHILOS 432Great Thinkers of the Modern Period3
Select one of the following:3
PHILOS 341
Modern Ethical Theories
PHILOS 349
Great Moral Philosophers
PHILOS 355
Political Philosophy
Select one of the following:3
PHILOS 303
Mind and Knowledge
PHILOS 317
Metaphysics
PHILOS 324
Philosophy of Science
PHILOS 351
Philosophy of Mind
Select any philosophy course numbered 500 or above (excluding the course you choose to satisfy the capstone requirement)3
Electives
Select 12 credits of philosophy electives 212
Capstone/Research Requirement
Select one of the following:3
PHILOS 681
Seminar in Advanced Topics: (subtitle)
PHILOS 685
Senior Capstone Research Seminar: (subtitle)
Total Credits33