Our New Curriculum
Starting this Spring term, the Philosophy Department is rolling out a new curriculum! Our overall goal is to offer a wider array of courses and to give students the opportunity to work more closely with professors. Here are the highlights. Check the FAQ to the right for more information. Still have questions? Just send any faculty member an email and we will help you out.
We have capped all introductory classes at 30 students, and all intermediate classes at 25. We believe that students learn philosophy well in small groups, even at the introductory level. There will no longer be large lecture classes in philosophy.
New Introductory Options
Along with our smaller class sizes, we are introducing a greater variety of exciting introductions to philosophy, which will change often and cover a large array of topics. This Spring, for example, try out courses on time travel, personhood, and puzzles of perception, in addition to our critical thinking class Reason and Argument and our introductory Logic class. Now, instead of Phil 1, students opt for Phil 1.01, 1.02, 1.03, etc, each of which is on a different topic.
More Varied Intermediate Classes
Students may have noticed that most intermediate philosophy classes now use decimal notation, too. Instead of Phil 30: Theory of Knowledge, we now offer a wide range of courses under the heading of Epistemology and Method: Phil 30.01, 30.02, and so on. Each of these courses is focused on a different set of topics within an area. Each decimal course counts in the same way toward the major as the earlier version counted. So, Phil 35.01 counts toward the major in the same way that Phil 35 used to. But now, students can expect to see a greater variety of courses, with more informative descriptions of their specific topics.
Fewer Distributive Requirements = A More Customized Major
We would like students to structure a major around their interests, and in consultation with our faculty. To that end, we reduced the number of distributive requirements within the major. Now students will work more closely with their faculty advisors to coordinate their plans of study.