Major Requirements Furman University

A major in Philosophy consists of eight courses, three of which must be numbered 300 or above, and must include:

  • PHL-101,
  • at least one course in each of the following areas:
  • history of philosophy: PHL-210, 211, 315, or 316
  • non-western philosophy: PHL-220, 240, 250, 260, 270, or 325
  • value theory: PHL-208, 212, 245, 275, 276, 302, 304, 310, or 318
  • logic, metaphysics or epistemology: PHL-200, 215, 321, 410, or 420

To graduate with a major in philosophy, a student must have an overall grade point average of 2.00 in all philosophy courses. A student should consult the department chair for individual planning of the major program.


To graduate with honors in philosophy, a student must meet the following requirements:

  • complete at least 6 philosophy classes by the end of his or her junior year, and has earned at least a 3.75 GPA in all philosophy classes thus far
  • apply for the honors track to the department chair and been accepted
  • complete a total of 10 philosophy classes by the end of their senior year, including PHL- 506 & PHL-507 (have received a grade of at least a B in each course), and write and publicly defend a senior honors thesis.

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