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Philosophy

Paul Taylor, Chair
728 Anderson Hall

215-204-5620
ptaylor@temple.edu

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

Requirements for the Major

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
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
3222

3226
Contemporary Ethical Theory
   or
Classics in Moral Philosophy1
   
         
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 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 RCI column.

Suggestions for the Philosophy Major with a Pre-Law Emphasis

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
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

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Select one Introductory Philosophy course: 3  
Philosophy
Philosophy
1101
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
3222
3226
Contemporary Ethical Theory
Classics in Moral Philosophy1
   
         
Three additional Philosophy courses:    
Philosophy 2000+ Three electives numbered at the 2000+ level or higher 9  
Total                                                                                          21  
 
1 For scheduling reasons, especially for transfer students, another ethics-related course is often substituted.

 


Suggested Semester-by-Semester plans for the Philosophy Major

 

Requirements For new Freshman Students starting in the 2009-2010 Academic Year

Freshman Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
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  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
IH 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  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Foreign Language/
GenEd
0800+ Foreign Language (third level) or
GenEd World Society course or
Internationally Focused Course From Approved List
3
GG
IH 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  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3-4 GA
GenEd 08xx or 09xx 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  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Social Science/CST Course 3  
Philosophy

Philosophy
3222
  or
3226
Contemporary Ethical Theory
    or
Classics in Moral Philosophy
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  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
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  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
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  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
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.

 

Requirements For New Transfer Students starting in the 2009-2010 Academic Year

Freshman Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 CO
Core 0800+ One Quantitative Reasoning A Course 3-4 QA/GQ
Foreign Language 1001 Foreign Language (first level) 4  
Core 0800+ One Core Arts Course 3-4 AR/GA
Subtotal      14-16  
   
Freshman Year – 2nd Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
IH 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 IA
Foreign Language 1002 Foreign Language (second level) 4  
Core 1000+ One Science & Technology A Course 3-4 SA
Core 0800+ One Studies in Race Course 3 RS/GD
Philosophy 1066 Introduction to Logic 3 QB
Subtotal      16-17  
 
Sophomore Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Foreign Language/
Core
0800+ Foreign Language (third level) or
Core International Studies course
3
IS/GG
IH 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 IB
Core 0800+ One Science & Technology B Course 3-4 SB/GS
Philosophy 2161 History of Philosophy – Greek 3  
Philosophy 1196 Introduction to Philosophy 3 WI
Subtotal      15-16  
 
Sophomore Year – 2nd Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Core 0800+ One International Studies Course 3 IS/GG
Core 0800+ One Individual and Society Course 3 IN/GB
Core 0800+ One American Culture Course 3 AC/GU
Philosophy 2172 History of Philosophy – Modern 3  
Philosophy 2000+ One 2000+ Philosophy Course 3  
Subtotal      15-16  
 
Junior Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Social Science/CST Course 3  
Philosophy

Philosophy
3222
  or
3226
Contemporary Ethical Theory
    or
Classics in Moral Philosophy
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  
 
Junior Year – 2nd Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
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  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 2  
Subtotal      17  
 
Senior Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
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  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 1-2  
Subtotal      16-17  
 
Senior Year – 2nd Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
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  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Core 1000+ One Writing Intensive Course 3 WI
Subtotal      15  
         
Degree Total   123  
*Philosophy 4298/4297 may not be offered every semester. Check with advisor for offerings.

 


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

 

Requirements For New Freshman Students Starting in the 2009-2010 Academic Year

Freshman Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
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  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
IH 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  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Foreign Language/
GenEd
0800+ Foreign Language (third level) or
GenEd World Society course or
Internationally Focused Course From Approved List
3
GG
IH 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  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3-4 GA
GenEd 08xx or 09xx 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  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
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  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
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  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
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  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
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.

 

Requirements For New Transfer Students Starting in the 2009-2010 Academic year

Freshman Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 CO/GW
Core 0800+ One Quantitative Reasoning A Course 3-4 QA/GQ
Foreign Language 1001 Foreign Language (first level) 4  
Core 0800+ One Core Arts Course 3-4 AR/GA
Subtotal      14-16  
   
Freshman Year – 2nd Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
IH 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 IA/GY
Foreign Language 1002 Foreign Language (second level) 4  
Core 1000+ One Science & Technology A Course 3-4 SA
Core 0800+ One Quantitative Reasoning B Course 3-4 QB/GQ
Philosophy 1055 Critical Thinking 3  
Subtotal      16-18  
 
Sophomore Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Foreign Language/
Core
0800+ Foreign Language (third level) or
Core International Studies course
3
IS/GG
IH 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 IB/GY
Core 0800+ One Science & Technology B Course 3-4 SB/GS
Core 0800+ One Studies in Race Course 3 RS/GD
Philosophy 1196 Introduction to Philosophy 3 WI
Subtotal      15-16  
 
Sophomore Year – 2nd Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Core 0800+ One International Studies Course 3 IS/GG
Core 0800+ One Individual and Society Course 3 IN/GB
Core 0800+ One American Culture Course 3 AC/GU
Philosophy 2172 History of Philosophy – Modern 3  
Philosophy 2000+ One 2000+ Philosophy Course 3  
Subtotal      15-16  
 
Junior Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Social Science/CST Course 3  
Philosophy 2161 History of Philosophy – Greek 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  
 
Junior Year – 2nd Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
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  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 1-2  
Subtotal      16-17  
 
Senior Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
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  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 2  
Subtotal      17  
 
Senior Year – 2nd Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
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  
Core 1000+ One Writing-Intensive Course 3 WI
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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