General university degree requirements stipulate that 1) at least four units of the major or three units of the minor be taken in residence at Puget Sound; 2) students earn a GPA of 2.0 in courses taken for the major or the minor; and 3) all courses taken for a major or minor must be taken for graded credit. Any exceptions to these stipulations are indicated in the major and minor degree requirements listed below.
Requirements for the Major
A major in Philosophy consists of the following:
- At least ten units in Philosophy, excluding courses numbered 480 or above. At most two of these ten units can be satisfied with courses numbered 199 or below.
- Level Requirements:
- Intermediate Level. Three of the following courses: 210 Ancient Greek Philosophy; 220 17th and 18th Century Philosophy; 230 Philosophy of Mind; 240 Formal Logic; 250 Moral Philosophy.
- Advanced Level. At least four courses numbered 300–399. At least two of these four courses must be completed on campus.
- Specialist Level. At least one of the following courses: 410 Topics in History and Traditions; 430 Topics in Knowledge and Reality; 450 Topics in Value Theory. Note: Students can take one additional course at the Specialist Level (numbered 410-450) in lieu of one course at the Advanced Level (numbered 300-399).
- Area Requirements:
- History and Traditions. At least two of the following courses: 210 Ancient Philosophy; 220 17th and 18th Century Philosophy; 310 Aristotle; 311 Classical Chinese Philosophy; 312 Latin American Philosophy; 320 British Empiricism; 323 Kant; 325 19th Century Philosophy.
- Knowledge and Reality. At least two of the following courses: 230 Philosophy of Mind; 240 Logic; 330 Epistemology; 331 Metaphysics; 332 Philosophy of Science; 333 Philosophy of Emotions; 336 Philosophy of Language; 340 Philosophy of Cognitive Science.
- Value Theory. At least two of the following courses: 250 Moral Philosophy; 285 Environmental Ethics; 286 Ethics, Data, and Artificial Intelligence; 292 Bioethics; 350 Metaethics; 353 Philosophy of Film and Performing Arts; 360 Aesthetics; 370 Social and Political Philosophy; 378 Philosophy of Law; 389 Race and Philosophy; 390 Gender and Philosophy.
Requirements for the Minor
A Minor in Philosophy consists of the following:
- At least five units in Philosophy, excluding courses numbered 480 or above. At most one of these units can be satisfied with a course numbered 199 or below.
- At least two of the following courses at the Intermediate level: 210 Ancient Greek Philosophy; 220 17th and 18th Century Philosophy; 230 Philosophy of Mind; 240 Logic; 250 Moral Philosophy.
- At least two courses at the Advanced and Specialist levels, numbered 300–479. At least one of these two courses must be completed on campus.
- Only two courses may be used simultaneously to satisfy core curriculum and Philosophy major or minor requirements.
- Intermediate Level requirements should be completed by the end of the junior year.
- Courses taken more than six years ago will be accepted or rejected for the minor by the Philosophy Department on a case-by-case basis.