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Major Requirements

Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy

In order to graduate with a major in philosophy, students must satisfy both the University of Oregon’s Requirements for a Bachelor’s Degree and the Department of Philosophy Requirements listed below.


I. University of Oregon Bachelor Degree Requirements

Students pursuing a major in philosophy must satisfy all Bachelor’s Degree Requirements of the University of Oregon.

The UO Requirements for a Bachelor’s Degree are available on the Registrar’s page. They are also printed in the Registration and Academic Policies section of the UO Catalog.

Please note: effective Fall 2011, students may earn either a B.A. or a B.S. in philosophy (previously, students could only earn a B.S. in philosophy while earning a second major in a science; this requirement has been dropped).


II. Department of Philosophy Requirements

Students who declare a philosophy major in Fall 2009 or after must complete all of the requirements listed below. Students who declared a major in Spring 2009 or earlier are not required to satisfy the GRCC (Gender, Race, Class, and Culture) requirement.

52 credit hours of Philosophy courses, of which 40 must be upper-division hours (300 or 400 level). These courses must include:

  1. Three courses in the history of philosophy (12 credits)
    Philosophy 310 (History of Philosophy: Ancient and Medieval)
    Philosophy 311 (History of Philosophy: Modern)
    Philosophy 312 (History of Philosophy: 19th Century)
  2. Logic Requirement (4 credits)
    Philosophy 325 (Logic, Inquiry, and Argumentation)
  3. Gender, Race, Class, and Culture (GRCC) (4 credits)
    At least one of the following courses:
    Philosophy 110 (Human Nature)
    Philosophy 170 (Love and Sex)
    Philosophy 213 (Asian Philosophy)
    Philosophy 216 (Philosophy and Cultural Diversity)
    Philosophy 315 (Introduction to Feminist Philosophy)
    Philosophy 342 (Introduction to Latin American Philosophy)
    Philosophy 443 (Feminist Philosophy)
    Philosophy 451 (Native American Philosophy)
    Philosophy 452 (Philosophy and Race)
    Or an equivalent course on this theme as approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies
  4. Author’s Courses (8 credits)
    Eight credits of course work dealing with the works of specific philosophers (e.g., Plato, Kant, Dewey, Beauvoir, etc.) offered at the 400-level. At least one of the two author courses needs to be in philosophy (i.e., with a PHIL subject).

Students must receive a grade of C- or better in all courses that satisfy requirements of the major. No more than 8 hours of the 52 may be taken pass/no pass.


Checklist of Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy Requirements

A downloadable Word checklist of these degree requirements may be downloaded here:
Philosophy Major Degree Requirements Checklist (Word)

A PDF checklist of these degree requirements may be downloaded here:
Philosophy Major Degree Requirements Checklist (PDF)


Residency Requirements for Transfer Students

Transfer students must complete at least 20 credits of upper division coursework in the University of Oregon Philosophy department.


Sample Course Plan for Majors

Freshman Year:
Philosophy 101, 102, 103 or some combination of 100- and 200-level courses (12 lower-division credits in Philosophy).
Sophomore Year:
Philosophy 310, 311, 312 and one other 300-level course (16 upper division credits in Philosophy).
Junior Year:
Two 300-level courses, one 400-level “Authors” course (12 upper division credits in Philosophy).
Senior Year:
One 400-level “Authors” course, plus three courses consisting of any combination of 300-level courses or 400-level seminars (12 upper division credits in Philosophy).

Preparing for Graduate Study in Philosophy

Students who intend to do graduate work in philosophy are strongly urged to prepare themselves by acquiring a good reading knowledge of a second language appropriate to their interests. Meet with the Undergraduate Director early in your undergraduate studies to discuss additional plans for graduate school preparation and for application advice.

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