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Haverford College
Department of Sociology

Major and Minor Requirements

Major RequirementsMinor RequirementsRequirements for Honors

Major Requirements

  1. One philosophy course at the 100 level, or Bryn Mawr Philosophy 101, 102, or 201, or the equivalent elsewhere
  2. Five philosophy courses at the 200 level, at least four of which must be completed by the end of the junior year, and three philosophy courses at the 300 level. These eight courses at the 200 and 300 level must exhibit breadth and coherence in the following ways, to be elaborated by the majors and their advisors and approved by the department:
    1. Historical and cultural breadth : (a) one course must be from among those that deal with the history of European philosophy prior to Kant; and (b) one course must be from among those dealing with the traditions of Asian or African philosophy.
    2. Topical breadth: ( a ) one course must be from among those dealing with value theory, including aesthetics, social and political philosophy, ethics, and legal philosophy; (b) one course must be from among those that deal with metaphysics and epistemology, including ontology, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of action; (c) one course must be from among those that deal with logic or the philosophy of language.
    3. Systematic coherence: Four of these courses, two at the 200 level and two at the 300 level must exhibit some systematic coherence in theme or subject satisfactory to the major advisor and the department.
  3. The Senior Seminar (399c).

Students electing a major in philosophy, but unable to comply with normal requirements because of special circumstances should consult the chairperson regarding waivers or substitutions.

Majors are also encouraged to be Discussion Leaders in their senior year.

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Minor Requirements

  1. One philosophy course at the 100 level, or Bryn Mawr Philosophy 101, 102, or 201, or the equivalent elsewhere.
  2. Three philosophy courses at the 200 level.
  3. Two philosophy courses at the 300 level.
  4. Among the 200- and 300-level courses: one must be in value theory (broadly conceived to include ethics, social and political philosophy, aesthetics, and legal philosophy), one must be in metaphysics and epistemology (including ontology, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of action), and one must be concerned with philosophical texts written before the twentieth century. This third requirement can be satisfied concurrently with either of the other two (e.g., by taking a course in ancient ethics, or in Descartes' metaphysics), or can be satisfied separately from the other two.

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Requirements for Honors

The award of Honors in philosophy will be based upon distinguished work in philosophy courses, active and constructive participation in the senior seminar, and the writing and presentation of the Senior essay. High Honors requires in addition exceptional and original work in the Senior essay.

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