“Philosophy is to be studied, not for the sake of any definite answers to its questions, since no definite answers can, as a rule, be known to be true, but rather for the sake of the questions themselves; because these questions enlarge our conception of what is possible, enrich our intellectual imagination and diminish the dogmatic assurance which closes the mind against speculation; but above all because, through the greatness of the universe which philosophy contemplates, the mind also is rendered great, and becomes capable of that union with the universe which constitutes its highest good.” (Bertrand Russell)
For specific program requirements, please consult the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies Programs of Study section.
1000-level philosophy courses provide a general introduction to philosophy, but are not required for philosophy majors or minors.
2000-level philosophy courses are introductory in nature (and thus open to all students), but they focus on specific areas of philosophy.
3000-level philosophy courses have prerequisites on a course-by-course basis. The prerequisites may include a specific course or courses, or the completion of a specified number of philosophy credits. For more detailed information, please see below.
All 4000-level philosophy courses have a general prerequisite of at least nine credits in philosophy. Some courses also have specific prerequisites.