Philosophy Program Requirements

The following program requirements are from the Clarke University 2011-2012 Academic Catalog and apply to students currently enrolled. The university reserves any right to change, without notice, any information posted on this Web page and in the catalog. For the most current information, please contact the Clarke University Registrar's Office at


For a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Philosophy, a student completes 30 hours of philosophy courses including:

    • PHIL 212 General Ethics
    • PHIL 290 Symbolic Logic
  • 12 hours of history of philosophy courses, including
    • PHIL 320 Classical Philosophy
    • PHIL 321 Medieval Philosophy
    • PHIL 322 Renaissance and Modern Philosophy
    • PHIL 323 Contemporary Philosophy
  • 9 hours of philosophy electives
    • PHIL 499 Philosophy Capstone

In addition to the above, students also complete a major portfolio over the course of their philosophical studies. This portfolio will demonstrate proficiencies in various fields of the discipline, progressive learning, participation in departmental activities, engagement in service work, compilation of a personal bibliography of philosophical works read, career preparation and submission of philosophical work for publication or presentation. Lastly, coursework in foreign language (French, German, Greek or Latin) and history are recommended for philosophy majors.


For a Minor in Philosophy, a student completes 21 hours of philosophy courses, including:

  • 9 hours chosen from among the following courses:
    • PHIL 320 Classical Philosophy OR PHIL 321 Medieval Philosophy
    • PHIL 322 Renaissance and Modern Philosophy OR PHIL 323 Contemporary Philosophy
    • PHIL 212 General Ethics OR PHIL 225 Applied Ethics
  • 12 hours of philosophy electives


Application to a major may be made after a student has earned 30 or more semester hours of academic work and has successfully completed GNED 110-111 Cornerstone I-II and PHIL 110 Fundamentals of Philosophy.


Internships that provide the student with practical application of knowledge can be individually arranged to match the needs and interests of the student with the needs and activities of coordinating businesses, organizations, law firms, or government bodies. Additionally, majors and minors may serve as peer tutors within the department for internship credit. Because of the transferable skills of philosophy, a wide range of options is possible based on a student’s individual interests.


A student majoring in philosophy fulfills the department’s computer literacy requirement upon successful completion of the universities’s technology proficiency requirement for general education. Research is required in many philosophy courses with culminating, in-depth research occurring in PHIL 499 Philosophy Capstone.


All majors take PHIL 499 Philosophy Capstone, ordinarily in their senior year.

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