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Moravian College
Philosophy

Program of Study

The Philosophy Department offers a minor and major in philosophy and an Ethics Minor. 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.

Philosophy Major

The major in philosophy consists of nine course units, of which three are required, three are restricted electives and three are general electives from among all philosophy courses. The required courses are Philosophy 120, 220, and 222. The restricted electives are two of the following four courses: Philosophy 241, 243, 245, and 247; and either Philosophy 351 or 353. One of the three general electives may come from a related program, subject to approval of the philosophy department chair.

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, of which three are restricted and two are electives. The restricted courses are one course from PHIL 120, 110, 220, and 222; one course from PHIL 241, 243, 245, and 247; and either PHIL 351 or 353.

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 considers 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 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.