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EIU Department of Philosophy

Philosophy Major

The Philosophy Major requires a total of 13 courses (at 3 hours each) for a total of 39 credit hours that meet the following distribution requirements. Given the flexibility of the Philosophy Major it is certainly possible to combine this major with another. Here is a sample four-year plan (Word Doc). The Philosophy Minor requires only 18 hours and can easily be combined with any major or minor.

Philosophy Core - 12 hours
(All Required Classes)
PHI 1900G Logical and Critical Reasoning
PHI 2000 Ancient Philosophy
PHI 3260 Modern Philosophy
PHI 3900 Symbolic Logic
PHI 4480 Philosophy Seminar 

General Education - 3 hours
(Pick at least 1 Course)
PHI 1000G Introduction to Philosophy
PHI 1090G God, Freedom, Knowledge and Values, Honors
RLS1200G Introduction to Religious Studies
RLS1290G Introduction to Religious Studies, Honors
PHI 2500G The Good Life Introduction to Ethics
PHI 2590G The Good Life Introduction to Ethics, Honors
PHI 3050G Social and Political Philosophy
PHI 3100G Cultural Foundations I
PHI 3110G Cultural Foundations II
PHI 3050G Social and Political Philosophy


Electives - 15 hours
(At least 6 hours must be from courses numbered 3000 or above )
PHI 3030 Science and Human Values
PHI 3040 Philosophy of Art
PHI 3070 Philosophy of Law
PHI 3080 Medical Ethics
PHI 3500 Metaphysics
PHI 3520 Necessity, Possibility and Existence
PHI 3540 Philosophy of Mind
PHI 3020 Ethics
PHI 3720 Theory of Knowledge
PHI 3780 Philosophy of Science
PHI 2010 Eastern Philosophies
PHI 3310 Indian Philosophy
PHI 3320 Chinese Philosophy
PHI 3680 Buddhism
PHI 3012 Philosophy of Sex and Love
PHI 3220 Medieval Philosophy
PHI 3600 Philosophy of Religion
PHI 3800 Phenomenology and Existentialism 

Note: Philosophy 3980 (Special Topics) and 4400 (Independent Study) may count in satisfaction of any of the above components with permission of the department chair and may be repeated once.

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Philosophy Department

3542 Coleman Hall
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-3012

Chair: Jonelle DePetro

Office Manager: Leslie Ashley

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