Requirements for a Major in Philosophy (B.A. or B.S.)

The major requirements depend on your catalog year. Your catalog year is determined by the first semester of your enrollment at NIU, unless you officially selected a later catalog by emailing from your NIU email account. For example, if you first enrolled at NIU in Fall 2011 or Spring 2012, your catalog year is 2011-2012. If you are unsure of your catalog year, you can check in MyNIU by selecting Academic Requirements from the pull-down menu. When the Requirements page opens, select "collapse all," then scroll down and expand the PHILOSOPHY MAJOR line of the report. Under the header PHILBA-REQUIRED or PHILBS-REQUIRED you will see a line that says "MAJOR REQUIREMENTS [YEAR]-[YEAR] CATALOG." The academic year in that line is your catalog year. For major requirements in past catalog years, see the Undergraduate Catalog page.

The following are the major requirements of the 2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog.

At least seven (7) semester hours of 400-level course work in philosophy is required to complete the major.

Requirements in Department (34)

PHIL 205, Symbolic Logic (3)
PHIL 301, Junior Writing Seminar (3), with a grade of C or better
PHIL 321, Ancient Philosophy (3)
PHIL 322, Modern Philosophy (3)
PHIL 495, Senior Capstone (1)

Electives in philosophy (15), no more than nine (9) semester hours of which may be at the 100 or 200 level.

One course from each of the following two fields (6):

Ethics and Value Theory

PHIL 331, Ethics (3)
PHIL 351, Social and Political Philosophy (3)
PHIL 430, Topics in Ethics (3)
PHIL 442, Theories of Value (3)

Metaphysics or Epistemology

PHIL 311, Knowledge and Justification (3)
PHIL 312, Introduction to Metaphysics (3)
PHIL 410, Topics in Metaphysics or Epistemology (3)

Requirements Outside Department (B.A., 0-12; B.S., 10-15)

For the B.A. Degree
Fulfillment of B.A. foreign language requirement (0-12). (See "Foreign Language Requirement for the B.A. Degree" in undergraduate catalog.)

For the B.S. Degree
Laboratory science/mathematical/computational skills sequence (10-15). (See "College Requirement for the B.S. Degree" in undergraduate catalog.)

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