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Philosophy Major through Honors Tutorial College

For complete information, see the Honors Tutorial College major in Philosophy.

Degree Requirements

Major code BA1917

Faculty Contact: Dr. Robert Briscoe

Program Overview

The program in philosophy offered through the Honors Tutorial College presents the student with a unique opportunity to obtain what is arguably one of the best undergraduate degrees in philosophy on offer at any major college or university. The program gives the student unparalleled access to each member of the philosophy faculty, along with members of the faculty of other departments that have Honors programs, in the form of one-on-one tutorial sessions that can take the place of standard lecture-room classes. Each student, with the help of the director of studies, is able to design his or her own program of study in philosophy, with minimal distribution requirements. In addition to the very personalized program of study that is combined with close faculty contact, the students in the honors tutorial program also are invited to join in the life of the department in ways that are often available only to graduate students: they are invited to all colloquia and other departmental events, they are included in special departmental activities, and they have unrestricted access to enrollment in any philosophy class that they need for their program of study.

Degree Requirements

HTC Grade Requirements

Complete all courses with a grade of B (3.0) or higher; and maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

University English Composition Requirement

Complete one First-Year Composition course (1E) and one Junior Composition course (1J).

HTC Seminar

Complete the following course:

  • HC 2500 - Honors Seminar Credit Hours: 3.0


Complete seven tutorials. Tutorials of less than 3 hours must be taken in conjunction with a regularly scheduled classroom course. All other tutorials must be for at least 3 hours.    

  • PHIL 2970T - Philosophy Tutorial Credit Hours: 1.0-9.0
  • PHIL 2980T - Philosophy Tutorial Credit Hours: 1.0-9.0
  • PHIL 3970T - Philosophy Tutorial Credit Hours: 1.0-9.0
  • PHIL 3980T - Philosophy Tutorial Credit Hours: 1.0-9.0
  • PHIL 4970T - Philosophy Tutorial Credit Hours: 1.0-9.0
  • PHIL 4980T - Philosophy Tutorial Credit Hours: 1.0-9.0

HTC Thesis Requirement

Complete an adviser or director of studies approved thesis or professional project.


Complete the following course:

  • PHIL 3200 - Symbolic Logic I Credit Hours: 3.0

History of Philosophy

Complete one of the following courses:

  • PHIL 3100 - History of Western Philosophy: Ancient Credit Hours: 3.0
  • PHIL 3110 - History of Western Philosophy: Medieval and Renaissance Credit Hours: 3.0

Value Theory

Complete one of the following courses:

  • PHIL 1300 - Introduction to Ethics Credit Hours: 3.0
  • PHIL 2400 - Social and Political Philosophy Credit Hours: 3.0
  • PHIL 3300 - Ethics Credit Hours: 3.0
  • PHIL 3350 - Environmental Ethics Credit Hours: 3.0
  • PHIL 4300 - Contemporary Ethical Theory Credit Hours: 3.0
  • PHIL 4320 - Problems in Aesthetics Credit Hours: 3.0
  • PHIL 4400 - Contemporary Social Philosophy Credit Hours: 3.0

Senior Seminar

Complete the following course:    

  • PHIL 4901 - Senior Seminar Credit Hours: 3.0

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