A major in philosophy enables students to gain a fuller understanding of the range of subjects included in philosophy. It also permits students to concentrate on subjects and problems which they find most interesting. The undergraduate major is a good preparation for graduate study in philosophy. It is also helpful in preparing for a variety of other careers, including professional careers like law.
To sign-up for the philosophy major, the double/joint major, or the minor program please use the online form or contact Dr. David Gray, Interim Director of Undergraduate Studies, via email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The student who majors in philosophy is encouraged to take a variety of courses in subjects outside philosophy. An ideal program would include courses in all disciplines in keeping with the universality of interest and application of philosophy. But specialization of interest is possible and students may emphasize any one of three types of background: (1) Natural Sciences and Mathematics; (2) Social Sciences; (3) Languages, Literature and the Arts.
Philosophy majors take courses with at least four members of the Department in order to gain the advantage of different points of view. In the junior-senior program, the student learns to interpret classical philosophical texts, deals with current philosophical problems, uses the relevant literature, and ventures individual solutions. Emphasis is placed on the writing of original papers and on oral discussion. Some tutorials are offered.
Students must take the required courses for a letter grade. It is recommended that other philosophy courses be taken on the same basis. A course in English composition is often advisable for students who have difficulty writing essays.
In addition to the requirements of the UB Division of Undergraduate Studies, the Departmental course requirements are:
Note: UB Seminar courses cannot count towards major requirements.
A student may major in philosophy alone, or may combine philosophy and some other field in a double or a joint major. A double major must satisfy the major requirements of two departments. For a joint major, the normal requirements for majors are relaxed by each of the two departments. Which requirements are waived varies from one student to another.
To be admitted as a philosophy major, a student must have at least a 2.0 grade-point average.