Major in Philosophy

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The Philosophy major requires completion of 36 units with a grade equivalent of 2.00 in all courses.

Departmental Honors Program

The Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies offers a departmental honors program for students who demonstrate exemplary abilities in philosophy. Students pursuing this option are required to complete PHIL 498 with a minimum grade of A-. Completion of  PHIL 498 requires students to produce and defend a 15-20 page paper presenting substantial research in philosophy.

Applicants for departmental honors must have earned 75 units with a minimum 3.50 cumulative GPA, including 18 units in Philosophy courses. In addition, applicants must find a faculty advisor to guide the thesis research and evaluate the final paper and thesis defense. Departmental honors will be posted to the transcript shortly after the bachelor’s degree is conferred.

To apply for departmental honors, students must complete an application with the department. Students who wish to take PHIL 498 in the Fall term should apply during the previous spring by March 1st.  Students who wish to take PHIL 498 in the Spring term should apply during the previous Fall by Oct. 1st. 

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Suggested Four-Year Plan

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

Freshman
Term 1 Units Term 2 Units
PHIL 101 3 PHIL 111 (Section A) (Core 5) 3
Core 1 (or Core 2) 3 Core 2 (or Core 1) 3
Core 3 3 Core 8 3-4
Core 6 3 Core 10 3
Core 7 4 Core 11 3
  16   15-16
Sophomore
Term 1 Units Term 2 Units
One course from Section B 3 One course from Section B 3
One course from Section B 3 One course from Section C 3
Core 9 3 Core 13 3
Core 12 3 Core 14 3
Core or Elective 3 Elective 3
  15   15
Junior
Term 1 Units Term 2 Units
One course from Section D 3 One course from Section D 3
One course from Section F 3 One course from Section E 3
Core or Elective 3 Core or Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
  15   15
Senior
Term 1 Units Term 2 Units
One course from Section E 3 Core 4 3
One course from Section F 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
  15   15
Total Units 121-122

View more information: https://catalog.towson.edu/undergraduate/liberal-arts/philosophy-religious-studies/philosophy/

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