Philosophy

There is one concentration program in Philosophy, with two optional tracks.

Standard Concentration: Eight courses in philosophy, which may not include more than one course numbered below 0350. They must include at least one course in each of the following five areas: ancient philosophy (0350, 1250, 1260 or 1310), early modern philosophy (0360, 1700, 1710, or 1720). Logic (0540 or higher), ethics or political philosophy (0500 or higher), and epistemology or metaphysics (1660, 1750, or 1770). In addition, at least one of the courses must be an undergraduate or graduate seminar.

Optional tracks:

Ethics and Political Philosophy: Eight courses in philosophy, which may not include more than one course numbered below 0350. They must include a course in ancient philosophy (0350, 1250, 1260 or 1310), a course in early modern philosophy (0360, 1700, 1710, or 1720), and a course in logic (0540 or higher). They must also include at least three courses in ethics or political philosophy at the level of 0400 or higher.

Logic and Philosophy of Science: Eight courses in philosophy, which may not include more than one course numbered below 0350. They must include a course in ancient philosophy (0350, 1250, 1260 or 1310), a course in early modern philosophy (0360, 1700, 1710, or 1720), a course in logic at the level of 1630 or higher, and a course in epistemology or metaphysics (1660, 1750, or 1770). They must also include at least three courses in philosophy of science at the level of 0650 or higher. With the approval of the concentration advisor, two appropriate science or mathematics courses may be taken instead of philosophy courses.

Cross-listed courses may be used to fulfill the requirements of any of the concentrations above only with the approval of the concentration advisor.

Honors

Seniors wishing to earn honors by presenting a senior honors thesis should consult their concentration advisor during their sixth semester concerning procedures and requirements. In addition to completing the usual non-honors requirements, a student must write a thesis judged to be of honors quality by two readers and have a strong record in philosophy department courses (of which at least five must be taken for a letter grade). Honors theses are usually written during a student's final semester at Brown.




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