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Philosophy

David Wolfsdorf, Chair
728 Anderson Hall

215-204-5620
dwolfsdo@temple.edu

Paul Crowe, Undergraduate Advisor
747 Anderson Hall
215-204–8591
pcrowe@temple.edu

Gayle Schooley, Administrator

gaylehs@temple.edu

 

Philosophy Major
Philosophy Major with a Pre-Law Emphasis

Distinction in the Major
Philosophy Minor

 

The Philosophy Department offers a 36-credit B.A. degree program.  The program is designed to provide a solid foundation for various professions in business, government, and professional schools (such as law), as well as an excellent background for the further study of philosophy. The department makes special provisions for students who have chosen the major as preparation for entry into law school. These students should follow a path slightly different from that of traditional majors, as indicated below. The Philosophy Department always has many majors who are transfer students.  Students should be sure to see a departmental advisor to make the necessary adjustments for their progress through the major.

 

Summary of Degree Requirements

1. University Requirements:

  • Mathematics 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or English 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. See below for a list of the specific courses required for your major.
  • Students must complete requirements of the General Education (GenEd) Program. See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for more details.

2. College of Liberal Arts Requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 123 credits, including: 90 credits in CLA/CST courses, 45 credits of which must be at the upper level (numbered 2000-4999). For Humanities majors, 6 upper level credits must be earned in the Social Sciences: African American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Criminal Justice, Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography and Urban Studies, History, Jewish Studies, Latin American Studies, Mathematical Economics, Neuroscience: Systems, Behavior and Plasticity, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Women's Studies, or any department in the College of Science and Technology.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0, cumulatively, in all CLA/CST coursework, and in the major.
  • Only courses in which a student receives a grade of at least C- can satisfy GenEd, major, minor, or CLA Foreign Language and Global Studies requirements.

3.  Foreign Language/Global Studies Requirements:

1) All students must complete the second level of a foreign language;

2) All students must complete at least one course from the GenEd Global/World Society category; and

3) All students must complete one of the following options:

  • Third level of a foreign language;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in a foreign language;
  • A second General Education Global/World Society course;
  • Study Abroad at an approved program; or
  • Take one Global Studies course from the list on the CLA College Graduation Requirements page.

4. Major Requirements: 12 courses in Philosophy (36 s.h.)

  • Specifically Required Courses: Philosophy 1066, 1196, 2161, 2172
  • Other Requirements:
    • One course in Ethics, selected from Philosophy 3222, 3226, 4225
    • One Senior Seminar, selected from Philosophy 4298 or 4297
  • Electives in Major
    • Six courses in Philosophy numbered 2000-4999 (may not overlap with any of the above requirements).

5. General electives vary according to a student's individual program of study. Consult your academic advisor for more information.

 

Requirements for the Major

 

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Philosophy 1066 Introduction to Logic 3 QB
Philosophy 2161 History of Philosophy: Greek 3  
Philosophy 2172 History of Philosophy: Modern 3  
Philosophy 1196 Introduction to Philosophy 3 WI
         
Select one Ethics course:   3  
Philosophy
Philosophy
Philosophy
3222
3226
4225
Contemporary Ethical Theory
Classics in Moral Philosophy1
Metaethics
   
         
Select one Senior Seminar:   3  
Philosophy

Philosophy
4298

4297
Senior Seminar
   or
Pre-Law Tutorial
  WI

WI
         
Six additional Philosophy courses at the 2000+ level
Note: Philosophy 2196 does NOT count as an elective for the Philosophy major.
18  
     
Total                                                                                          36  
     
1 For scheduling reasons, especially for transfer students, another ethics-related course is often substituted.

 

All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are listed above and are identified by "WI" in the Attribute column.

Suggestions for the Philosophy Major with a Pre-Law Emphasis

 

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Philosophy 1196 Introduction to Philosophy 3 WI
Philosophy 1055 Critical Thinking 3  
Philosophy 2161 History of Philosophy: Greek 3  
Philosophy 2172 History of Philosophy: Modern 3  
Philosophy 3243 Philosophy of Law 3  
Philosophy 4297 Pre-Law Tutorial 3 WI
Philosophy 3085 Pre-Law Internship 3  
Philosophy 2000+ 5 additional philosophy courses at the 2000+ level 15  
         
Total     36  

 

 

Distinction in Major

Successful completion of Philosophy 4999: Honors Thesis.

Requirements for the Minor

 

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Select one Introductory Philosophy course: 3  
Philosophy
Philosophy
1196
1001
Introduction to Philosophy
Philosophical Challenges to the Individual
 
IN
         
Select one from the following list: 3  
Philosophy
Philosophy
1066
1055
Introduction to Logic
Critical Thinking
  QB
         
Select one History of Philosophy course: 3  
Philosophy
Philosophy
2161
2172
History of Philosophy: Greek
History of Philosophy: Modern
   
         
Select one Ethics course:   3  
Philosophy
Philosophy
Philosophy
3222
3226
4225
Contemporary Ethical Theory
Classics in Moral Philosophy1
Metaethics
   
         
Three additional Philosophy courses:    
Philosophy 2000+ Three electives numbered at the 2000+ level or higher
Note: Philosophy 2196 does NOT count as an
elective for the Philosophy minor.
9  
Total 21  
 
1 For scheduling reasons, especially for transfer students, another ethics-related course is often substituted.

 

 


 

Suggested Semester-by-Semester plan for the Philosophy Major

 

Freshman Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Quantitative Literacy 4 GQ
Foreign Language 1001 Foreign Language (first level) 4  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology I 3 GS
Subtotal      15  
   
Freshman Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Intellectual Heritage 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
Foreign Language 1002 Foreign Language (second level) 4  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
Philosophy 1066 Introduction to Logic 3 QB
Philosophy 1196 Introduction to Philosophy 3 WI
Subtotal      16  
 
Sophomore Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Foreign Language/
GenEd
0800+ Foreign Language (third level) or
GenEd Global/World Society course or
Internationally Focused Course From Approved List
3
GG
Intellectual Heritage 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology II 3 GS
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
Philosophy 2161 History of Philosophy: Greek 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 2  
Subtotal      17  
 
Sophomore Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3-4 GA
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Global/World Society 3 GG
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB
Philosophy 2172 History of Philosophy: Modern 3  
Philosophy 2000+ One 2000+ Philosophy Course 3  
Subtotal      15-16  
 
Junior Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Social Science/CST Course 3  
Philosophy

Philosophy

Philosophy
3222
  or
3226
  or
4225
Contemporary Ethical Theory
    or
Classics in Moral Philosophy
    or
Metaethics
3  
Philosophy 2000+ One 2000+ Philosophy Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal     15  
 
Junior Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Social Science/CST Course 3  
Philosophy 2000+ One 2000+ Philosophy Course 3  
Philosophy 2000+ One 2000+ Philosophy Course 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal      15  
 
Senior Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Philosophy 2000+ One 2000+ Philosophy Course 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
Philosophy

Philosophy
4298*
  or
4297*
Senior Seminar
   or
Pre-Law Tutorial
3 WI

WI
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal      15  
 
Senior Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Philosophy 2000+ One 2000+ Philosophy Course 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 3  
Subtotal      15  
         
Degree Total   123  
*Philosophy 4298/4297 may not be offered every semester. Check with advisor for offerings.

 

Suggested Semester-by-Semester Plan for the Philosophy Major with a Pre-Law Emphasis

 

Freshman Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Quantitative Literacy 4 GQ
Foreign Language 1001 Foreign Language (first level) 4  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology I 3 GS
Subtotal      15  
   
Freshman Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Intellectual Heritage 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
Foreign Language 1002 Foreign Language (second level) 4  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
Philosophy 1055 Critical Thinking 3  
Philosophy 1196 Introduction to Philosophy 3 WI
Subtotal      16  
 
Sophomore Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Foreign Language/
GenEd
0800+ Foreign Language (third level) or
GenEd Global/World Society course or
Internationally Focused Course From Approved List
3
GG
Intellectual Heritage 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology II 3 GS
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
Philosophy 2161 History of Philosophy: Greek 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 2  
Subtotal      17  
 
Sophomore Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3-4 GA
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Global/World Society 3 GG
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB
Philosophy 2172 History of Philosophy: Modern 3  
Philosophy 2000+ One 2000+ Philosophy Course 3  
Subtotal      15-16  
 
Junior Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Social Science/CST Course 3  
Philosophy 2000+ One 2000+ Philosophy Course 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal     15  
 
Junior Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Social Science/CST Course 3  
Philosophy 3243** Philosophy of Law 3  
Philosophy 2000+ One 2000+ Philosophy Course 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal      15  
 
Senior Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Philosophy 2000+ One 2000+ Philosophy Course 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
Philosophy 4297* Pre-Law Tutorial 3 WI
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal      15  
 
Senior Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Philosophy 3075** Pre-Law Seminar 3  
Philosophy 3085** Pre-Law Internship 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 3  
Subtotal      15  
         
Degree Total   123  
*Course may not be offered every semester. Check with advisor for offerings.
**Philosophy 3085 must be taken with Philosophy 3075. These courses are typically offered only in the spring, as is
Philosophy 3243.

 

 

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