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Moravian College
Philosophy

Program of Study

The Philosophy Department offers a minor and major in philosophy and an Ethics Minor and Ethics Certificate. Many of our students work toward a double major. Philosophy and Ethics are excellent majors and minors, respectively, for students in Health Science, Business, Nursing, Education, and Public Health. 

Please view the Moravian College Course Catalog for a complete listing of the Philosophy Department course offerings.

Philosophy Major (Starting in 2021)

The major in philosophy consists of nine-course units ​in philosophy​. Only one 100-level course will count towards the major. ​ Students must take at least two 300-level courses and one Writing Intensive course. One of the ​nine philosophy courses may come from a related program subject to approval by the chair of the philosophy department.

Philosophy Minor 

The minor in philosophy consists of five-course units in philosophy. Only one 100-level course will count towards the minor. Students must take at least one 300-level course. One of the ​five philosophy courses may come from a related program subject to approval by the chair of the philosophy department.


Philosophy Major (Before 2021)

The major in philosophy consists of nine-course units in philosophy.  Only one 100-level course will count towards the major.  Students must take at least two 300-level courses and one Writing Intensive course.  One of the nine philosophy courses may come from a related program subject to approval by the chair of the philosophy department. 

9-course units distributed as follows:

3 Required course units.

  • PHIL 120 Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 220 Advanced Logic*
  • PHIL 222 Ethics

2 Historical courses units from the following:

  • PHIL 241 Ancient Philosophy
  • PHIL 243 Medieval Philosophy
  • PHIL 245 Early Modern Philosophy
  • PHIL 247 19th and 20th Century Philosophy
  • Or a substitute approved by the Department Chair

1 300-level course unit from the following:

  • PHIL 351 Epistemology
  • PHIL 353 Metaphysics
  • Or a substitute approved by the Department Chair 

3 Elective course units:

* Introduction to Logic is not a prerequisite for Advanced Logic.

Philosophy Minor 

The minor in philosophy consists of five-course units in philosophy.  Only one 100-level course will count towards the minor.  Students must take at least one 300-level course.  One of the five philosophy courses may come from a related program subject to approval by the chair of the philosophy department.

5 course units distributed as follows:

1 Course unit from the following:

  • PHIL 120 Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 110 Introduction to Logic: Critical Thinking
  • PHIL 220 Advanced Logic
  • PHIL 222 Ethics

1 Historical course unit from the following:

  • PHIL 241 Ancient Philosophy
  • PHIL 243 Medieval Philosophy
  • PHIL 245 Early Modern Philosophy
  • PHIL 247 19th and 20th Century Philosophy
  • Or a substitute approved by the Department Chair

1 300-level course unit from the following:

  • PHIL 351 Epistemology
  • PHIL 353 Metaphysics
  • Or a substitute approved by the Department Chair

2 Elective course units.

Advising

We consider undergraduate advising to be an essential part an excellent Liberal Arts education at Moravian College. Advising can be an important guide for students in helping them discover the many opportunities that they can experience at Moravian. It is important that students receive the right information concerning courses and schedules, tailored to their specific needs and interests. In addition to a specific course and program selections, advising can help students find their way into post-graduate work or graduate school. Please come in and make an appointment with any of the philosophy professors.