Requirements for the Major in Philosophy

The Major in Philosophy consists of 36 credits or 12 one-semester courses of three (3) credits each. In addition to the 36 credits, students must complete PHIL3099: Research Paper in Philosophy (approved substitute for HUMN3099) which is six (6) credits. Students should note that long-term planning is required for this major because some courses are offered in alternating years.

LEVEL I

Major Requirements:

1. PHIL1002: Introduction to Ethics and Applied Ethics
2. PHIL1003: Introduction to Philosophy
3. PHIL1300: Critical Thinking and Informal Logic
4. Plus one (1) Level I Philosophy course

Faculty Requirements:

5. FOUN1001 English for Academic Purposes**
6. Either FOUN1002 Language Argument OR FOUN1003 Rhetoric I - The Writing Process
7-8. Two (2) courses outside the Philosophy Major (include the Foreign Language requirement if applicable***) but from within the Faculty

Electives:

9-10. Two Level I Electives

Total: 10 courses (30 credits) at Level I

* Prerequisite: Grade 1 CXC English Language or equivalent; OR a pass in the English Proficiency Test. Students who do not have the prerequisite are required to pass the remedial course FOUN0100 Fundamentals of Written English before registering for the Language Foundation Courses.

** Please note that students who possess CAPE Communications at Grade I may be exempted from taking FOUN1001 English for Academic Purposes. However, you are advised that this is not for credit and you will be required to take another Level I course to make up the 10 courses.

*** The Foreign Language Requirement applies to students who do not have a CXC pass with grades 1 or 2 or grade 3 from July, 1998) in a foreign language, in which case they must register for one of the basic courses in Spanish or French or Portuguese.

LEVEL II

Major Requirements:

1. PHIL2003 Philosophy of the Mind
2. PHIL2901 Problems of Knowledge
3. PHIL2904 Philosophical Logic
4-5. Two (2) Level II Philosophy courses

Faculty Requirements:

6. FOUN1210 Science, Technology and Medicine in the Twentieth Century.
7. FOUN1301 Law, Governance, Society and Economy in the Caribbean.

Electives:

8-10. Three (3) Level II electives
 

LEVEL III

Major Requirements:

1-3. Any three (3) Level III Philosophy courses

Faculty Requirements:

4-5. PHIL3099 Research in Philosophy - Interrogating Perennial Issues and Great Thinkers in Philosophy (6 credits)

Electives:

6-10. Five (5) Level III Electives

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