In order to moderate, students must take three courses listed in philosophy (including cross-listed courses). At least one of these courses should be a 200-level course. At most two of the three courses can be underway at the time of moderation.
Students majoring in philosophy must take at least seven courses in the program, including two 200-level courses, the writing-intensive “Philosophical Methods” course (offered in the spring of each year), and two additional 300-level courses. Students must also complete a two-semester Senior Project in Philosophy as well enroll in the Senior Project Colloquium during the first semester of the project.
Philosophical Methods course
An advanced seminar required of all philosophy majors, this course is organized as a workshop focused on the writing, revision and discussion of student work. Each student will select a problem in contemporary philosophy or in the history of philosophy, shape and clarify their topic through research, and write a major independent project addressing the problem. The project will go through numerous revisions as a result of peer responses and faculty guidance. The purpose of the seminar is to equip students with the skills and habits essential to scholarly work: formulating and clarifying a philosophical question; composing and revising clear and compelling argumentative prose; interpreting and analyzing complex texts; using evidence to support an argument; considering opposing arguments; using appropriate practices of style and documentation; giving and receiving constructive feedback; and fostering a creative and supportive intellectual community. The Philosophical Methods course is offered each spring semester.
Senior Project Colloquium
Great philosophers don’t think alone. This course supports the work of the senior project by providing a communal setting in which students will give and receive feedback on their senior project in progress. Over the course of the semester, we will work collaboratively to cultivate the habits and skills essential to a successful senior project, such as setting goals, planning and organizing your work, and revising your writing in response to comments. Students will also practice oral presentation and discussion skills. This course is required for all students in the first semester of senior project. It adds no additional credits.