CampusThe Philosophy Major

The Philosophy major is designed to provide students with a thorough and rigorous foundation in Philosophy while allowing maximum flexibility to students for deciding how they want to specialize within the major.

Philosophy enhances analytical, critical and interpretive capacities that are applicable to any subject-matter, and in any human context; cultivates the capacities and appetite for self-expression and reflection, for exchange and debate of ideas, for life-long learning, and for dealing with problems for which there are no easy answers; and Philosophy at Marquette fosters in the student an active engagement with the Catholic intellectual tradition as well as issues of social justice, especially those which concern the poor.

The major consists of three components:

1) All students majoring in Philosophy are required to take a four course foundation, including a course in Logic (Phil 001/1000 or Phil 99/4000), Philosophy of Human Nature, Theory of Ethics, and either Metaphysics or Theory of Knowledge.


2) Students choose one of four tracks they want as a specialization: History of Philosophy, Ethics and Values, Social, Political and Legal Philosophy, or Philosophy of Mind and Science. 9 Hours (three courses) from that track are required.

3) Students round out their major by selecting three additional electives from among the variety of courses offered by the department.

Four tracks to specialize in:


Track I: History of Philosophy

Ancient Philosophy, Early Medieval Philosophy, Late Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy, Modern Philosophy, American Philosophy, 19th Century German Philosophy, Marx and Marxism, Existentialism, 20th Century Anglo-American Philosophy

Track II: Ethics and Values

Contemporary Ethical Issues, Business Ethics, Philosophy of Art and Beauty, Environmental Ethics, Eastern Philosophy, Africana Philosophy, Medical Ethics

Track III: Social, Political and Legal Philosophy

Philosophy of State, Philosophy of Law, Philosophy of Community, Technology and the Human Condition, Feminist Philosophy, Marx and Marxism, History and Philosophy of Crime and Punishment, Africana Philosophy

Track IV: Philosophy of Science and Mind

Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of the Environment, Metaphysics, Epistemology, Philosophy of Language, Twentieth Century Anglo-American Philosophy, Early Modern Philosophy, Phenomenology and Existentialism, Biomedical Ethics, a single upper-division course in Natural Science, Social Science or Engineering (one non-philosophy class may be counted for this track)


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Philosophy Department

Marquette University
PO Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
(414) 288-6857 (phone)
(414) 288-3010 (fax)
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