Academics

Requirements

  1. Phil 100 (Introduction to Philosophy) or Phil 108 (Moral and Social Problems) or Phil 209 (Individual and Community)
  2. Phil 215 (Philosophical Foundations of Public Policy)
  3. Phil 450 (Rights)
  4. At least one course from the following applied philosophy courses:
    Phil 207 (Civic Education in Liberal Democratic States)
    Phil 210 (Philosophy of Education)
    Phil 220 (Environmental Ethics)
    Phil 222 (Moral Issues in Medicine)
    Phil 230 (Philosophy and Feminism)
    Phil 232 (Philosophy, Race and Multiculturalism)
    Phil 265 (Sanity and Madness)
    Phil 287 (Equality)
    Phil 307 (Technology and Values)
    Phil 323 (Mental Health: Law and Public Policy)
    Phil 380 (Social and Political Philosophy)
     
  5. At least two courses from the following offerings in the history and theory of ethics, social and political philosophy:
    Phil 216 (History of Ethics)
    Phil 218 (Major Social and Political Thinkers)
    Phil 290 (Philosophy of Law)
    Phil 295 (Egoism and Altruism)
    Phil 318 (Race and Racism)
    Phil 333 (Ethical Theory)
    Phil 351 (Plato)
    Phil 380 (Social and Political Philosophy)
    Phil 395 (Global Ethics)
    Phil 410 (Feminist Legal Theory)
    Phil 452 (Aristotle)
    Phil 465 (Kant’s Moral Philosophy and Its Critics)
     
  6. Two public policy cognate courses offered by other departments and programs from a list including but not limited to:
    Africana Studies 320 (Problems in Urban Education)
    Political Science 203 (Public Policy)
    Polsci 335 (Law and Public Policy)
    Political Science 347 (Politics, Social Choice and Public Policy)
    Sociology 360 (Social Policy)
    Women’s Studies 330 (Women and Public Policy)
     
  7. Senior Directed Study. This is undertaken in the final semester as a 3-credit independent study project supervised by a member of the Philosophy Department.
  8. A total of twelve courses, including the two public policy cognate courses.

    Optional internships will be arranged for those students who wish to experience public policy making at state, city, or local levels of government.

    Note: Philosophy 478, 479, 501 do not normally count toward the satisfaction of the 300-level or higher requirement. No more than two courses at the 100-level may be counted toward the Philosophy and Public Policy major.