Program Requirements

About the major

The Philosophy, Politics and Economics major offers students an interdisciplinary approach to the study of topics, texts, and concerns that exist at the intersection of these three fields. That includes theories of justice, rights, freedom, individual liberty, and property, among others.  The program creates an intentional constellation of courses in these three disciplines that is designed to enrich the students’ experience of each discipline and offer a breadth of study not available in any one disciplinary major. A Philosophy, Politics and Economics major requires 47 semester credit hours, including a senior essay.

Students declaring a major in Philosophy, Politics and Economics must form a committee of three faculty members (one from each discipline) to coordinate their curriculum. One of these faculty members will become the advisor to the student’s senior thesis, and all three committee members will confer on all decisions relevant to that student’s course of study.

Departmental honors

Majors may attain departmental honors in Philosophy by meeting the following requirements:

  • Maintain an overall 3.5 grade point average in Philosophy
  • Complete satisfactorily one of the following courses: PHI 360 (Great Philosophers), PHI 390 (Special Topics in Philosophy), or PHI 393 (Advanced Topics in Ethics)
  • Have the senior essay evaluated as “excellent” by all members of the Philosophy Department.