Ithaca College

School of Humanities and Sciences

Philosophy

Philosophy is the most conceptually fundamental of the liberal arts. It is that academic discipline that is most concerned with ideas. The student majoring in philosophy is trained to understand abstract ideas and their relations to one another and the world, to learn what have been among the most influential ideas in human history from ancient Greece to the present, and to enter into the dialectical process of rational disputation concerning those ideas.

Requirements for the Major in Philosophy - B.A.
36 credits in philosophy including

PHIL-20300

Introduction to Logic or

PHIL-32100

Symbolic Logic

At least four courses taken at level 3 or 4

36

Because of the importance of logical analysis in philosophy, majors should try to complete the logic requirement by the end of the sophomore year.

Electives

Philosophy majors are urged, but not required, to double-major or minor in another field from which facts of philosophical interest can be learned and to which the concepts and skills of philosophy can be applied.

84

Total, B.A. in philosophy

120

Requirements for the Minor in Philosophy

The minor in philosophy offers students a way to concentrate their efforts in an area of study that is important to them but subordinate to their primary educational focus. Students who declare a minor in philosophy will be assigned an adviser from the department to help them select courses that meet their needs and interests.

Philosophy distributed over a minimum of six courses including

PHIL-20300

Introduction to Logic or

PHIL-32100

Symbolic Logic

At least two courses taken at level 3 or 4

18

Because of the importance of logical analysis in philosophy, minors should try to complete the logic requirement by the end of sophomore year.