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Advisory Board:

Dr. Ashley Kennedy  Dr. Mark Tunick   Dr. Daniel White
Philosophy, quite generally, is critical thinking. It requires deep consideration, reflection and evaluation, be it of ideas, principles, approaches, or even of the very tools or processes of understanding, reflection and evaluation. The essence of philosophy is formulating and asking questions. How one asks a question can determine the likelihood of success in finding an appropriate answer. Philosophy teaches students not what is true, but rather how to think. It is exercising mental muscles'; and engaging in philosophy means improving clarity of expression, honing analytical skills, and gaining appropriate tools for logical and critical evaluation. Being skilled in thinking about things philosophically makes one good at going beyond narrow views about nearly any issue. It makes one adept at drawing out the implications of an approach and thereby providing a sound basis for formulating alternatives and evaluating competing claims.

Philosophy is not for everyone. It is not for persons who are content to rest with unquestioned assumptions, or who are unprepared to delve into deeper questions. It is for those of us who want to understand; who want not just to live, but to live responsibly and to live a good life'; who cannot imagine living their lives without pondering the deeper questions and without asking why.

Philosophy courses can generally be grouped into five areas, though several may fall into more than one area:

  1. History of philosophy (designated 'H')
  2. Theory of value: Ethics, environmental philosophy, aesthetics, critical theory, social and political philosophy, philosophy of law (designated "V")
  3. Logic/language: Logic, analytic philosophy, linguistics, classical language(s) (designated "L")
  4. Speculative philosophy: Epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, phenomenology, philosophy of the natural and social sciences, philosophy of religion, environmental philosophy (designated "S")
  5. Diversity studies: Non-Western philosophy, feminist philosophy, philosophy of gender and sexuality (designated "D")

There are two tracks in philosophy. Students choosing a philosophy concentration will take 30 credit hours in philosophy, with some distribution among the 5 areas.

Students may also choose an interdisciplinary philosophy concentration, in which they take 15 credits in philosophy and 15 in other disciplines or interdisciplinary area: e.g. physics, psychology, literature, fine art, women s studies, political science; and they will write a thesis combining philosophy and the selected area. Students selecting this track must consult with both their philosophy advisor and an advisor from the area selected.

Available Options:
Philosophy concentration; Interdisciplinary Concentration in Philosophy and another area of study; Minor Concentration in Philosophy.

Concentration in Philosophy
Course Name Credits
Two primary courses in 'History of philosophy' ("H") 6
One primary course in 'Logic/language' ("L") 3
One primary course in 'Values' ("V") 3
18 credits of philosophy electives 18
Honors Thesis (PHI 4970) 6
Total Credits 36
Interdisciplinary Concentration in Philosophy and Another Discipline
Course Name Credits
Two primary courses in 'History of philosophy' ("H") 6
One primary course in 'Logic/language' ("L") 3
One primary course in 'Values' ("V") 3
6 credits of philosophy electives 6
15 credits in another discipline 15
Honors Thesis (PHI 4970) 6
Total Credits 36

Primary Courses
Course # Course Name Area Credits
PHH 3100 Honors Ancient Greek Philosophy H 3
PHH 3150 Honors Greek and Roman Philosophy H 3
PHH 3400 Honors History of Modern Philosophy I H 3
PHH 3442 Honors History of Modern Philosophy II H 3
PHI 3682 Honors Environmental Philosophy V, S, D 3
PHI 3644 Honors Obligations (Ethics) V 3
PHI 3704 Honors Philosophy of Religion S, V 3
IDS 3932 Honors Ethics in Business, Government and Society V 3
IDS 4933 Honors Phenomenology and Existentialism V, S 3
POS 2692 Honors Punishment V 3
POT 3021 Honors History of Political Theory V 3
POT 3022 Honors History of Political Thought I V 3
POT 3023 Honors History of Political Thought II V 3
PHI 2101 Honors Introduction to Logic L 3
PHI 4134 Honors Logic and Formal Systems L 3

Philosophy Electives: The electives may be selected from the list of Primary Courses above that are not used to satisfy 'primary course' requirements, or from the list below. Other FAU courses may be selected only with the prior approval of the Concentration Advisor. Students are reminded they need 45 upper-level (3000 or 4000-level) credits to graduate.

Philosophy Electives
Course # Course Name Area Credits
PHH 4930 Honors Special Topics in Philosophy   3
PHI 2642 Honors Ethics of Social Diversity D, V 3
WST 4504 Honors Feminist Theory D, V 3
PHI 3224 Honors Media Philosophy V 3
PHI 3882 Honors Philosophy of Literature V 3
PHI 4804 Honors Critical Theory V, D 3
PHP 3502 Honors Hegel's Political Philosophy H, V 3
PHI 2361 Honors Ways of Knowing S, V 3
IDS 4930 Honors Technology and Culture V 3
IDS 4930 Honors Diversity: Gender, Ethnicity, Power, Knowledge D, V 3
IDS 4930 Honors Seminar in Disney Studies V 3
IDS 4933 Honors Good and Evil in Literature and Film V 3
CLA 4436 Honors Ancient Greece D, H 3
ANT 3332 Honors Peoples of Latin America D, V 3
WST 3015 Honors Introduction to Women's Studies D, V 3
HUM 3320 Honors Contemporary Multicultural Studies D, V 3
LIN 3010 Honors Introduction to Linguistics L 3
LAT 1120 Honors Latin I L 3
LAT 1121 Honors Latin II L 3
HUM 2211 Honors Intellectual Tradition I H 3
HUM 2230 Honors Intellectual Tradition II H 3
EUH 3604 Honors European Intellectual History I H 3
EUH 3607 Honors European Intellectual History II H 3
ANT 4241 Honors Ritual and Symbolism D, V 3

Senior Thesis: The thesis or project will integrate the student's studies and demonstrate her/his understanding of key areas of philosophical inquiry and its application in selected areas of study, as well as his/her readiness to pursue graduate study. The thesis will be written under the direction of a thesis advisor and committee and defended orally. Traditional textual formats as well as digital media may be employed.

Restrictions: Students are expected to maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 in the concentration. Courses receiving a grade lower than C may not be included for credit in the concentration. Courses applied to the Honors Core may not be applied to the concentration.

Minor concentration in Philosophy (15 Credit Hours)

The Philosophy Minor Concentration is designed to offer students significant coursework in the history of philosophy and in other key areas of philosophical inquiry. It is further designed to provide a course of study that complements an individual's concentration. Students are to select the appropriate combination of courses with the help of an advisor. At least 9 hours of coursework must be at the 3000 or 4000 level; 6 hours may be at the 2000 level, for a total of 15 credit hours. Students must have at least a 2.0 grade point average in courses taken for the minor concentration.

At least 3 credit hours of primary courses in the history of philosophy ("H")
12 additional credit hours selected from the Primary Courses designated as H, V, L, S, or D; or philosophy electives with a prefix of PHI, PHP, PHH.

Updated 01-13-2012

Last Modified 7/17/14