​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

If you’re considering a major or minor in philosophy, you already may contemplate fundamental questions such as: Is there objective truth, or is everything relative? Do we have free will? Is the mind or soul more than the brain? Is morality a matter of opinion, or are there facts about right and wrong? CMU’s philosophy program gives you a foundation in the history of philosophy while also covering more recent developments. Philosophy helps you develop marketable skills in critical thinking, creative problem solving and effective writing. It also prepares you for post graduate education, including law school.

Put Your Degree to Work

Philosophy majors work in fields such as business, higher education, law, public service, journalism and media, information technology, counseling, and health care.

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Department of Philosophy and Religion
Anspach Hall 288
Phone: 989-774-3444
Fax: 989-774-2830

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

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Philosophy Major

Total: 33 semester hours Philosophy courses taken on a Credit/No Credit basis may not be applied toward a philosophy major.
Required Courses
(18 hours)
PHL 100
Introduction to Philosophy
3
PHL 140
Introduction to Logic
3
PHL 200
History of Philosophy: Classical Period
3
PHL 218
Ethical Theories
3
PHL 302
History of Philosophy: Modern Period
3
PHL 490WI
Senior Seminar in Philosophy
3
Required Courses II
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
PHL 320
Theory of Knowledge
3
PHL 404
Twentieth Century Philosophy
3
Electives
(12 hours)
A total of at least 12 additional hours in PHL is required. At least 6 hours must be chosen from the following:
Note: PHL 320 or 404 may be used as an elective if not taken as Required Course II. Philosophy majors are encouraged to consult with their advisors in selecting their electives. Philosophy majors planning to go to graduate school in philosophy are encouraged to take PHL 340.
PHL 225/PSY 225
Foundations of Cognitive Science
3
PHL 320
Theory of Knowledge
3
PHL 325
Philosophy of Mind
3
PHL 340
Intermediate Logic
3
PHL 390
Philosophy of Science
3
PHL 403
History of Philosophy: Nineteenth Century
3
PHL 404
Twentieth Century Philosophy
3
PHL 405
Major Philosophers
3
PHL 410
Philosophy of Law
3
PHL 418
Advanced Moral Philosophy
3
PHL 421
Philosophy of Language
3
PHL 422
Political and Social Philosophy
3
PHL 426/WGS 426/PSC 426
Feminist Theory
3
PHL 480
Philosophy of the Arts
3