A major in Philosophy consists of at least 10 courses, as follows:
1. One course on ancient or early medieval philosophy:
- PHIL UN 2101 History of Philosophy I: Pre-Socratics through Augustine
- PHIL UN 3121 Plato
- PHIL UN 3131 Aristotle2. One course on early modern philosophy:
- PHIL UN 2201 History of Philosophy II: Aquinas through Kant
- PHIL UN 3237 Late Medieval and Modern Philosophy
- PHIL UN 3251 Kant3. One course in logic:
- PHIL UN 3411 Introduction to Symbolic Logic
- PHIL UN 1401 Introduction to Logic4. One course in ethics:
- PHIL UN 3701 Ethics5. One of the following courses:
- PHIL UN 3601 Metaphysics
- PHIL UN 3960 Epistemology6. The Senior Seminar: PHIL BC 4050 (This course is required for the major and is only offered in the fall semester of each year.)
7. Either: Senior Thesis (PHIL BC 4051 and 4052)
OR: One advanced seminar (PHIL UN3912 or a PHIL seminar above 4000, other than PHIL BC4050), plus one elective beyond the two stipulated in 8 (below).
8. Two electives in addition to the eight courses stipulated above.
('Elective' refers to any PHIL course not used to satisy a major requirement. Only one course at the 1000-level can be counted towards the ten PHIL courses required by the major.)
It is very important that any Philosophy course you plan to take in the summer be pre-approved by the Chair of the Philosophy Department if you want to receive transfer credit for it at Barnard. The Barnard Philosophy Department does not award full credit for courses taken at other institutions that do not involve, in addition to exams, a substantial paper-writing component. A typical introductory Philosophy course at Barnard might include a midterm, a final, and two or three paper assignments in which students are expected to interpret, analyze, or construct philosophical arguments (and not merely "report" on the views of others). A Philosophy course that receives full Barnard credit must meet similar standards. It is impossible to know in advance whether a course meets these standards unless the course syllabus, including a clear statement of the written requirements of the course, is approved in advance by the Philosophy Department Chair. In accordance with Barnard College requirements, all summer courses must be given at accredited institutions and meet for at least 5 weeks. No course that meets for less than 35 hours will be approved.