Philosophy at CMU

The Philosophy program offers a variety of courses that both make students aware of fundamental philosophical issues such as those about moral and other values, but at the same time strengthen their critical powers and enable them to evaluate better their own beliefs as well as those of other people. Some coursework in this area can benefit students no matter what their field of study.

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  • A major in philosophy is recommended, not only for graduate work in this area, but also as an excellent preparation for law school.
  • A minor in philosophy is recommended to complement many other majors. A number of philosophy courses are related to specific disciplines including: Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Language, Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Religion, Business Ethics, and Medical Ethics. Courses in the history of philosophy provide a valuable supplement to courses in the History Department.
  • We also offer a minor in Ethics, Values, and Society and a certificate in Critical Reasoning.

All members of the philosophy faculty at CMU serve as advisors for the major and minor.  To learn more about how a philosophy major and minor fits into your academic plans and goals, please talk with one of your professors or contact the philosophy program coordinator.

Philosophy Major

B.A.; B.S. degrees

Required Courses I (18 hours)

PHL 100 - Introduction to Philosophy (3)
PHL 140 - Introduction to Symbolic Logic (3)
PHL 200 - History of Philosophy: Classical Period (3)
PHL 218 - Ethical Theories (3)
PHL 302 - History of Philosophy: Modern Period (3)
PHL 490WI - Senior Seminar in Philosophy (3)

Required Courses II (3 hours)

Select one of the following:
PHL 320 - Theory of Knowledge (3)
PHL 404 - Twentieth Century Philosophy (3)

Electives (12 hours)

At least six hours must be chosen from the following:
PHL 225/PSY 225 - Foundations of Cognitive Science (3)
PHL 320 - Theory of Knowledge (3)
PHL 325 - Philosophy of Mind (3)
PHL 340 - Advanced Symbolic Logic (3)
PHL 390 - Philosophy of Science (3)
PHL 403 - History of Philosophy: Nineteenth Century (3)
PHL 404 - Twentieth Century Philosophy (3)
PHL 405 - Major Philosophers (3)
PHL 410 - Philosophy of Law (3)
PHL 418 - Advanced Moral Philosophy (3)
PHL 421 - Philosophy of Language (3)
PHL 422 - Political and Social Philosophy (3)
PHL 426/PSC 426/WGS 426 - Feminist Theory (3)
PHL 480 - Philosophy of the Arts (3)
Other electives are to be chosen in consultation with a departmental advisor. Philosophy majors planning to go to graduate school in philosophy are encouraged to take PHL 340.

Total: 33 hours

Philosophy courses taken on a Credit/No Credit basis may not be applied toward a philosophy major.


Philosophy Minor

B.A.; B.A.A.; B.S.; B.S. in B.A. degrees

Required Courses (20 hours)

A minor in philosophy consists of 20 credit hours in philosophy. The program will be designed to fit the individual needs or interests of the students. Students are encouraged to consult a department advisor.

Philosophy courses taken on a Credit/No Credit basis may be applied toward a philosophy minor.

Total: 20 semester hours