III. Requirements for the Philosophy Major
Advising and Admission
During their lower division years, students are encouraged to take other courses in Philosophy according to their particular interests. The Director of Undergraduate Studies is available to advise students with respect to degree completion. Students are advised to take their major courses throughout their undergraduate education rather than trying to take them all in the final semesters. Majors are encouraged to take PHI 2010 (Introduction to Philosophy) to fulfill their Humanities Tier 1 requirement of the University Core Curriculum (UCC). This course provides students with an excellent introduction to philosophy and serves to prepare students for their major courses. It is not a required course, however, and it is not a prerequisite for taking Upper Division philosophy courses. Similarly, students are encouraged to take PHI 2600 (Introduction to Ethics) to complete their Humanities Tier II requirement of the UCC and PHI 2100 (Logic) to complete the Computational Reasoning Tier II section of the UCC. In addition to fulfilling UCC requirements and providing majors with a strong foundation for more advanced work in philosophy, all three courses can be applied to philosophy major requirements.
Declaring a Track
The Panther Degree Audit for philosophy majors has the General Track as its "default" setting, and so majors who wish to declare a Professional Track or a Specialized Track major must meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies to have the necessary adjustment to the audit made. Students must declare the Specialized Track at least two semesters before graduation.
The following requirements apply to all three tracks:
- Any course taken to fulfill a requirement for the major may not be taken with the "pass/fail" option and must be passed with a grade of "C" or better, with two exceptions PHI4945 (Internship in Philosophy) and PHI 4911 (Senior Research).
- No more than six hours of Independent Study may be used to fulfill major requirements.
- At most one of PHI 2100 (Introduction to Logic), PHI 2103 (Critical Thinking), or their equivalents, may be used to fulfill major requirements, and at most six other hours of lower division philosophy courses may be counted toward the degree.
- Students are required to satisfy a one-credit capstone project (PHI 4911). Enrollment is by permission of the department and normally occurs in the last semester before graduation. Contact the director of undergraduate studies for further information.
- In addition to fulfilling the requirements of the major, the College of Arts, Sciences and Education has a number of requirements which are listed in the CASE section of the FIU Course Catalog.