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Department of Philosophy

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The department offers two Philosophy majors, six Philosophy minors, and one minor in Disability Studies.

To discuss the possibility of majoring or minoring in Philosophy, please make an appointment to speak with the Department Chair, Professor James Mahon. james.mahon@lehman.cuny.edu

To discuss the possibility of minoring in Disability Studies, please make an appointment to speak with Professor Julie Maybee. julie.maybee@lehman.cuny.edu

 

Philosophy Major

Students who major in Philosophy may choose either

  • Option A: Knowledge and Reality
  • Option B: Ethics and Public Policy

Each major requires that a student take 8 courses (24 credits).

Option A: Knowledge and Reality (8 Courses)

Take one of the following courses in logic:

  • PHI 170 Introduction to Logic
  • PHI 230 Symbolic Logic

Take one of the following courses in ethics:

  • PHI 232 Classical Ethical Theories
  • PHI 358 Ethical Theory

Take two of the following courses in the history of philosophy (one of which must be either PHI 242 or PHI 243):

  • PHI 242 History of Philosophy I: Ancient
  • PHI 243 History of Philosophy II: Modern
  • PHI 244 History of Philosophy III: Later Modern
  • PHI 251 History of Philosophy IV: Twentieth Century

Finally, take any four Philosophy courses at the 300-level or 400-level in an area.

Option B. Ethics and Public Policy Major (8 Courses)

Take one of the following courses in logic:

  • PHI 170 Introduction to Logic, or
  • PHI 230 Symbolic Logic

Take one of the following courses in the history of philosophy:

  • PHI 171 Problems of Philosophy
  • PHI 242 History of Philosophy I: Ancient
  • PHI 243 History of Philosophy II: Modern
  • PHI 244 History of Philosophy III: Later Modern
  • PHI 251 History of Philosophy IV: 20th Century

Take three of the following courses in ethics:

  • PHI 232 Classical Ethical Theories
  • PHI 234 Philosophy of Law
  • PHI 235 Political Philosophy
  • PHI 236 Social Philosophy
  • PHI 246 Philosophies of the Self
  • PHI 247 Environmental Ethics
  • PHI 250 Contemporary Social Ethics

Take two of the following courses in public policy:

  • PHI 301 Ethics and Science
  • PHI 330 Business Ethics
  • PHI 343 Philosophy of Technology
  • PHI (SOC) 354 Philosophy of the Social Sciences
  • PHI 358 Ethical Theory
  • PHI 359 Philosophical Problems in Legal Theory
  • PHI (POL) 369 Global Justice
  • PHI 462 Seminar in Philosophy and Social Policy

Finally, take one Philosophy course at the 300- or 400-level related to ethics and public policy.

Honors in Philosophy

To obtain Honors in Philosophy, students must have an overall GPA of 3.2 or higher, and a GPA in the major of 3.5 or higher, and must satisfy the College requirements for graduation.

Honors Thesis in Philosophy

Students may elect to do an Honors Thesis in Philosophy. To do an Honors Thesis, the student must be approved by the department to register for the PHI 482 Honors Tutorial, in the Fall or Spring Term of their junior or senior year. The Honors Tutorial involves writing an Honors Thesis on a philosophical topic selected in consultation with a member of the Philosophy Department. The thesis must also be presented to the assembled department faculty and fellow students.

 

Philosophy Minor

Students who minor in Philosophy may choose a general Philosophy minor or one of five specialized Philosophy minors. Each minor requires that a student take four courses (12 credits).

A. Philosophy (General)

  • 1 course (3 credits) can be at the 100-level
  • 1 course (3 credits) can be at the 200-level
  • 2 courses (6 credits) must be at the 300-level or 400-level

B. Business, Society, and Law

  • 1 course (3 credits) selected from PHI 169, 170, 173 or 176
  • 1 course (3 credits) selected from PHI 234, 235, 247 or 330, 354, 359, 364 or 369
  • 2 courses (6 credits) selected from PHI 330, 354, 359, 364, or 369

C. The Diverse World

  • 1 course (3 credits) selected from PHI 173, 174 or 176
  • 1 course (3 credits) selected from PHI 225, 236, 238, 250, 269, or 305, 336, 338 or 363
  • 2 courses (6 credits) selected from PHI 305, 336, 338 or 363

D. Language and Logic

  • 1 course (3 credits) selected from PHI 169 or 170
  • 1 course (3 credits) selected from PHI 230, 231, 251, or 301, 350, 351 or 362
  • 2 courses (6 credits) selected from PHI 301, 350, 351 or 362

E. Understanding Science

  • 1 course (3 credits) selected from PHI 169 or 170
  • 1 course (3 credits) selected from PHI 221, 230, 247, 251 or 301, 343, 350, 352, 353, 354 or 355
  • 2 courses (6 credits) selected from PHI 301, 343, 350, 352, 353, 354, or 355

F. Wellbeing and the Helping Professions

  • 1 course (3 credits) selected from PHI 169, 173, 174 or 176
  • 1 course (3 credits) selected from PHI 236, 241, 246, 247, 250 or 301, 336, 354, 360, 364 or 369
  • 2 courses (6 credits) selected from PHI 301, 336, 354, 360, 364 or 369

Minor in Disability Studies

  • DTS program and minor course page see here.

Advising

To discuss the possibility of majoring or minoring in Philosophy, please make an appointment to speak with the Department Chair, Professor James Mahon. E-mail: james.mahon@lehman.cuny.edu