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Professors Barr (chair), Irvine, Taylor
Associate Professors Farmer, Hough (Emeritus)
Assistant Professors Banks, Wilson

The philosophy major is designed to encourage clear and logical thinking. Philosophy develops students' ability for critical evaluation through analysis and increases students' cultural experience by acquainting them with the more important philosophic writings.

The 52 hour requirement in the major affords a great deal of flexibility; it enables students to employ numerous options in other disciplines to prepare for different professional objectives, while also developing a broad understanding of our society and culture. It is to the major's advantage to pursue courses in other fields, since philosophy, by its very nature, is interrelated with all disciplines. Many academic departments include, within their own curricula, courses in the philosophy of their disciplines. Furthermore, philosophical questions can arise during one's investigation of any specific field. Because of differences in student interests and the ready availability of electives, each student follows an individualized program in consultation with an advisor. Such a program permits concentration in cognate fields and encourages exploration and self-discovery.

Because the required courses in philosophy are designed to emphasize basic issues confronting our civilization, the philosophy major is excellent preparation for those who seek a well-rounded liberal education; for those who intend to pursue further training in professional disciplines such as law, medicine, and theology; and for those who plan advanced study in philosophy.

Philosophy majors who have demonstrated excellent ability in philosophy courses may be eligible for the rigorous departmental honors program. Interested students may obtain further information from the departmental office.

Degree Requirements-Philosophy

Bachelor of Arts Degree
See General Education Requirements
General Education Requirements 56

Required Course:
Area VI: Any approved Liberal Arts College
Component course
Departmental Requirements 52

Language and Research Methods Requirement 24-32

Electives and Related Courses 52-60

Total 192

Minor in Philosophy

The minor in philosophy is a perfect complement to majors in departments throughout the university. Historically, Wright State students studying pre-law, English, mathematics, psychology, pre-med, communication, music, religion, film, and art have taken numerous philosophy courses for their electives. In addition to providing a basic background in the history of philosophy and in logic, the minor allows students to design individualized concentrations in areas such as medical ethics, the philosophy of science, applied philosophy, the philosophy of art and culture, the philosophy of law, or political philosophy.

The minor may be earned by completing the following requirements:
Philosophy Minor Requirements 32*

Required Courses 16

PHL 215, 223, or 323 4
PHL 301, 302, and 303** 12
Electives 16

* 20 credit hours minimum of 300-400 level courses
** Or approved substitutions in the history of philosophy
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