Skip to content

The Philosophy Department is excited to report that its proposed revisions to its undergraduate curriculum and major are working their way through the approval processes

The Philosophy Department has revised the undergraduate philosophy curriculum and major. All changes are effective with the AY 2011-12 catalog. The Department is very excited about the changes. You should be too! They constitute a significant improvement to the Philosophy curriculum and major. Here's what the curriculum and major look like starting in the Fall of 2011:

The Curriculum

At the 100 level, the Philosophy Department will offer just one general introductory course, Phil 101, Introduction to Philosophy. (There will also be an Honors version of this course.) The Department will also continue to offer Phil 130, Critical Thinking, and Phil 135, Formal Logic. The latter will be required of all Philosophy Majors.

At the 200 level, the Philosophy Department will offer Phil 252, Contemporary Moral Problems, a "WC" course, and Phil 244, Professional Responsibility, an "OC" course. It will also offer periodically Phil 200 special topics courses (e.g., "God, Death and the Meaning of Life" or "On Human Nature").

At the 300 level, in addition to Phil 300 special topics courses, the Philosophy Department will offer a standard array of field survey courses (with Honors versions for many of these classes):

Phil 320, Ancient Philosophy
Phil 322, Medieval Philosophy
Phil 324, 17th-18th Century Philosophy
Phil 326, 19th-20th Century Philosophy
Phil 340, Ethics
Phil 345, Bioethics
Phil 346, Environmental Ethics
Phil 350, Aesthetics
Phil 353, Philosophy and Literature
Phil 360, Philosophy of Science
Phil 370, Philosophy of Religion
Phil 371, Epistemology
Phil 372, Metaphysics
Phil 373, Philosophy of Mind
Phil 382, Philosophy of Feminism
Phil 390, Philosophical Foundations of Democracy
Phil 391, Social and Political Philosophy
Phil 392, Philosophy of Law
Phil 395, Existentialism

At the 400 level, the Philosophy Department will offer a range of advanced topics courses; the content for most of these courses will vary from term to term and so these courses may typically be repeated (provided the content varies):

Phil 400, Special Topics (e.g., "Decision Theory" or "Moral Psychology")
Phil 420, Topics in the History of Philosophy
Phil 435, Intermediate Formal Logic
Phil 441, Global Justice and Human Rights
Phil 442, Topics in Applied Ethics
Phil 450, Topics in Ethical Theory
Phil 460, Topics in Philosophy of Science
Phil 480, Topics in Metaphysics and Epistemology

The Major

The major will consist of 27 hours numbered 200 or above. Phil 135, Formal Logic, is required (as a corequisite) but does not count toward the 27 hours. No more than one of Phil 374, 376 or 379 (these are Religious Studies courses cross-listed with Philosophy) may count toward the 27 hours. The 27 hours must include 3 hours of ethics, normally Phil 340; 6 hours of history of philosophy, normally Phil 320 (ancient) and Phil 324 (17th-18th century), and 3 hours in metaphysics, epistemology, intermediate logic, or the philosophy of mind, science or religion. That covers 12 of the 27 required hours. Of the remaining 15 hours, only 3 hours may be at the 200 level. Six must be at the 400 level. These changes apply (to the parallel courses) in the Honors major as well.

The flagship campus of the University of Tennessee System and partner in the Tennessee Transfer Pathway.