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[College of Arts and Sciences]

DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY (PHL)

Professor Norvin Richards, Chairperson
Office: 239 ten Hoor Hall

Requirements for the major in philosophy. The major in philosophy requires 30 hours including PHL 101, PHL 201, PHL 251, and 12 hours of philosophy courses at the 300 or 400 level. A minimum of 12 hours at the 300 or 400 level must be earned on this campus.

Requirements for the minor in philosophy. The minor in philosophy requires 18 hours including 6 hours at the 300 or 400 level. A minimum of 6 hours at the 300 or 400 level must be earned on this campus.

Honors in philosophy. Designed for the especially able student, regardless of whether he or she intends to do graduate work in philosophy or has other plans, this program offers the opportunity to pursue a philosophical topic further than the seminar format permits. It also provides recognition both for having done a greater proportion of one's classes at the advanced level and for sustained outstanding achievement in all courses.

Those who graduate with honors in philosophy must meet the following requirements:

Students may enroll in honors in philosophy by informing the department's undergraduate advisor that they wish to do so. They may also be invited to enroll by members of the department's faculty.

The prelaw package. This sequence of courses is of particular interest to those students considering careers in the law or in politics. It is designed in part to enhance preparation for the LSAT, but more importantly to provide Alabama undergraduates a uniquely rich exploration of the deeper questions about the law. The sequence includes the following courses, at least one of which is offered every semester.

PHL 101 Deductive Logic or PHL 103 Honors Deductive Logic

PHL 220 Political Philosophy

PHL 225 Philosophical Issues in Criminal Law

PHL 226 Philosophical Issues in Civil Law

PHL 227 Philosophical Issues in Constitutional Law

PHL 412 Philosophy of Law

Interested students may take all six courses or any part of the sequence. Those who take all six can complete a minor in philosophy by taking one further course at the 300 or 400 level.

Awards. The Marten and Marie ten Hoor Prize and the Iredell Jenkins Endowed Memorial Scholarship are awarded by the department each spring.

A Suggested Sequence of Courses for the Philosophy Major
 
FRESHMAN YEAR
First Semester
CourseHours
PHL 1003
EN 1013
MATH33
Natural science4
Foreign language or computer science3-4
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16-17
Second Semester
CourseHours
PHL 1013
EN 1023
Natural science4
Foreign language or computer science3-4
History13
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16-17
 
SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester
CourseHours
PHL 2013
EN 205 or EN 2093
Social and behavioral sciences13
Computer science or elective3
Fine arts13
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15
Second Semester
CourseHours
PHL 2513
EN 206 or EN 2103
Social and behavioral sciences13
Minor3
Elective3
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15
 
JUNIOR YEAR2
First Semester
CourseHours
Philosophy elective, 300 or 400 level3
Philosophy elective3
History or social and behavioral sciences13
Minor3
Elective3
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15
Second Semester
CourseHours
Philosophy elective, 300 or 400 level3
Minor6
Humanities13
Elective3
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15
 
SENIOR YEAR2
First Semester
CourseHours
Philosophy elective, 300 or 400 level3
Philosophy elective3
Minor6
Elective3
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15
Second Semester
CourseHours
Philosophy elective, 300 or 400 level3
Minor6
Electives6
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15
 
Total: At least 120

1A maximum of 6 hours in any one department may be applied to the humanities, literature, and fine arts (HU, L, FA) and history and social and behavioral sciences (HI, SB) requirements.
2Six hours in courses designated W must be included in the junior or senior year. A minimum of 36 hours in 300- and 400-level courses, including 12 hours in the major and 6 hours in the minor, must be completed on this campus.
3MATH course number is determined by placement. MATH 110 or higher is required.

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