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Box 7132
Davidson, NC 28035

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209 Ridge Road
Davidson, NC 28035

Philosophy Major & Minor

The Philosophy Department aims to provide you with a systematic approach to foundational questions, an approach that stresses clarity and attention to detail. We equip students with the skills to:

  • Reason carefully and critically
  • Express themselves clearly in writing and speaking
  • Think creatively and constructively about difficult, abstract problems
  • Detect and debunk fallacious reasoning and superficial, facile solutions
  • Identify and evaluate their own beliefs

Why Philosophy?

Philosophical questions arise in every discipline and in every occupation. Some are the 'Big Questions' we are compelled to ask:

  • Does God exist?
  • Is knowledge possible?
  • What is the best life?
  • Are there objective moral truths? 
  • Are we purely physical beings?
  • Do we have free will?

Other philosophical questions are not quite as grand in scope, but are important nonetheless, such as an ethical dilemma in a particular science, or the proper analysis of the evidence or cause of a central concept. Philosophy majors are well-equipped for any profession requiring creative and careful thought; many pursue graduate or professional degrees. 

Major Requirements

To graduate as a philosophy major, you must complete at least 10 courses in philosophy, including:

  • History of Philosophy: two of 105, 106, 107
  • Reasoning: 102 or 200
  • Ethics: 215
  • Seminar: one of 350-353
  • Senior Colloquium: 451
  • Four additional courses

Minor Requirements

Five courses in philosophy, including two of 105, 106, 107, and three additional courses, at least one of which is numbered 200 or above.

For complete information on the philosophy major and minor please visit the College Catalog.