Major/Minor Requirements

Requirements for the Philosophy major and minor

Philosophy majors must complete 30 credits in philosophy:

  • at least 9 credits (3 courses) at the 300-level
  • at least 3 credits (1 course) at the 400-level
  • at least 18 credits (6 courses) as electives at any level.

Philosophy minors must complete 15 credits in philosophy:

  • at least 3 credits (1 course) at the 200-level
  • at least 3 credits (1 course) at the 300-level
  • at least 9 credits (3 courses) as electives at any level.

Philosophy credits are PHIL and PHL courses. Essential Questions seminars (EQ), Introduction to Ethical Reasoning (BRDG 105P), and Honors College courses (HONR) may also be counted as Philosophy electives if the instructor is based in the Philosophy Department.

Double majors may petition the Philosophy Department to count six philosophically-relevant credits (2 courses) from another major as elective credits. Double minors may petition the Philosophy Department to count three philosophically-relevant credits (1 course) from another minor as elective credits.

The Philosophy major and minor are structured to afford students a maximum of freedom in choosing their own path through our curriculum, with our course topics changing frequently at the 300- and 400-levels. We also provide intensive individual faculty mentorship for majors and minors (or prospective majors and minors) to discuss courses and program structures that may particularly fit their interests.

The Bridges Common Learning Experience general education structure already mandates that all Duquesne students fulfill at least one of their seven required competency area courses with a class taught by Philosophy. Further, a significant number of the Bridges-required Introduction to Ethical Reasoning courses are also taught by the Philosophy Department (look for BRDG 105P sections - the ‘P' designates a Philosophy-taught section), as are a number of Bridges Essential Questions seminars. All these can count toward the major and minor! We also welcome double majors, as the study of philosophy is a useful complement to most other fields of inquiry - double majors may petition to count two philosophically-relevant courses from an appropriate double-major toward our credit requirements. In other words... it's quite likely you may already find yourself further along the path to a Philosophy major or minor than you think!