Undergraduate Program

College of Arts and Sciences and Department of Philosophy Undergraduate Admission Requirements

A minimum of 26 credit hours; 23 credit hours must be in courses acceptable toward graduation.

A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 on all work.

  • Transfer students must have a 2.00 transfer GPA.
  • Continuing UNM students must have a 2.00 institutional GPA.

Demonstrated academic achievement by satisfying the following:

  • Completion of the University Writing and Speaking Core.
  • Completion of the University Mathematics Core.
  • Completion of the University Foreign Language Core.

Completion of Department of Philosophy admission course work with grades of "C" or better:

  • PHIL 201 or 202 or 211 or 244.
  • PHIL 101 or 156 or 201 or 202 or 211 or 244.

Major Study Requirements

Thirty-one credit hours distributed as follows:

PHIL 202 From Descartes to Kant
PHIL 211 Greek Philosophy
PHIL 356 Symbolic Logic
PHIL 358 Ethical Theory
PHIL 352
-or-
PHIL 354
Theory of Knowledge

Metaphysics
  Five electives, two of which must be at the 400. (Normally 100-level Philosophy courses apply only if taken prior to any 200- or higher-level course.)
  

Note: Only courses in which a student has received a C grade or better (not C-) will be accepted toward the major or minor.


Concentration in Pre-Law

(30 or 31 credit hours)

For students considering law school and those who wish a philosophy major with a concentration in ethics, legal and social philosophy.

PHIL 156
-or-
PHIL 356
Reasoning and Critical Thinking

Symbolic Logic
PHIL 202 Modern Philosophy
PHIL 211 Greek Philosophy
PHIL 352 Theory of Knowledge
PHIL 358 Ethical Theory
PHIL 371
-or-
PHIL 372
Classical Social and Political Philosophy

Modern Social and Political Philosophy
PHIL 381 Philosophy of Law and Morals
  Three electives, two of which must be at the 300-level or above

Minor Study Requirements

Eighteen or 19 credit hours including either 156 or 356; at least two of the following: 101, 201, 202, 211; with 9 additional credit hours at the 300-level or above. If 101 is included, it must be taken before any 300-level or above course which is counted toward the minor.

Note: Only courses in which a student has received a C grade or better (not C-) will be accepted toward the major or minor.


Interdepartmental Major

The Department of Philosophy cooperates with the Department of English in administering an interdepartmental English-Philosophy major. See English-Philosophy in this Catalog for a description of the program.

Interdisciplinary Majors and Minors

The Philosophy department participates fully in the following interdisciplinary programs which offer undergraduate minors and/or majors within the College of Arts and Sciences: Asian Studies (see International Studies); European Studies (see International Studies); Latin American Studies, Period Minor (see Comparative Literature), Peace Studies, Religious Studies; and Science Technology and Society.


Departmental Honors

Students desiring to read for honors in philosophy should 1) discuss requirements of the program with the departmental honors advisor; 2) establish a committee on studies during the junior year; and 3) enroll in PHIL 497 and 499 for at least a total of 6 credit hours.


Courses in Philosophy (PHIL) are categorized in content areas. The category for each course appears in parenthesis at the end of the course description according to the following legend:

Introductory Courses (I), Basic Survey Courses (B), Undergraduate Topics Courses (T), Advanced Undergraduate Survey Courses (AS), Advanced Undergraduate Courses on Individual Figures in the History of Philosophy (AI), Advanced Undergraduate Course in Asian Thought (AT), Other Advanced Undergraduate Courses (OA), Graduate Seminars (GS), Graduate Seminars in Continental Philosophy (CP), Other M.A. Courses (OM), Ph.D. Seminars/Tutorials in Indian Philosophy (IP), and Other Ph.D. Courses (OP).


Courses

PHIL 101. Introduction to Philosophy. (3)



PHIL 102. Current Moral Problems. (3)



PHIL 108. Introduction to Asian Philosophies. (3)



PHIL 156. Reasoning and Critical Thinking. (3)



PHIL 201. Greek Thought. (3)



PHIL 202. From Descartes to Kant. (3)



PHIL 211. Greek Philososphy. (3)



PHIL 244. Introduction to Existentialism. (3)



PHIL 245. Professional Ethics. (3)



PHIL 333. Buddhist Philosophy. (3)



PHIL 334. Indian Philosophy. (3)



PHIL 336. Chinese Philosophy. (3)



PHIL 341. Topics in Philosophy. (3)



PHIL 343. Contemporary Continental Philosophy. (3)



PHIL 350. Philosophy of Science. (3)



PHIL 352. Theory of Knowledge. (3)



PHIL 354. Metaphysics. (3)



PHIL 356. Symbolic Logic. (4)



PHIL 358. Ethical Theory. (3)



PHIL 361. Modern Christian Thought. (3)



PHIL 363. Environmental Ethics. (3)



PHIL 365. Philosophy of Religion. (3)



PHIL 368. Biomedical Ethics. (3)



PHIL 371. Classical Social and Political Philosophy. (3)



PHIL 372. Modern Social and Political Philosophy. (3)



PHIL 381. Philosophy of Law. (3)



PHIL 390. Latin American Thought [Latin American Thought II]. (3)



PHIL *406. Descartes. (3)



PHIL 410 / 510 [*410]. Kant. (3)



PHIL *411. Hegel. (3)



PHIL *413. Kierkegaard. (3)



PHIL *414. Nietzsche. (3)



PHIL *415. History and Philosophy of Mathematics. (3)



PHIL *421. Early Heidegger. (3)



PHIL *422. Wittgenstein. (3)



PHIL *423. Later Heidegger/Post-Heideggerian Philosophy. (3)



PHIL *431. Ch?an and Zen. (3)



PHIL *432. American Philosophy. (3)



PHIL *434. South Asian Mystical Traditions. (3)



PHIL *438. Indian Buddhist Philosophy. (3)



PHIL *440. Summer Seminar in Buddhism. (3 to a maximum of 6 ?)



PHIL *441. Topics: Figures and Movements. (3 to a maximum of 12 ?)



PHIL 442. Individual Philosophers. (3 to a maximum of 12 ?)



PHIL *444. Nineteenth-Century Philosophy. (3)



PHIL 453. Asian Studies Thesis. (3)



PHIL 454 / 554. Seminar in Metaphysics & Epistemology. (3 to a maximum of 12 ? )



PHIL *455. Philosophy of Mind. (3)



PHIL 457 / 557. Seminar in the History of Philosophy. (3 to a maximum of 12 ? )



PHIL 458 / 558. Seminar in Moral and Political Philosophy. (3 to a maximum of 12 ? )



PHIL 462 / 562. Seminar in American Philosophy. (3 to a maximum of 12 ? )



PHIL 464 / 564. Seminar in Philosophy of Religion. (3 to a maximum of 12 ? )



PHIL 466 / 566. Seminar in Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics. (3 to a maximum of 12 ? )



PHIL *467. Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics. (3)



PHIL 468 / 568. Seminar in Psychoanalytic Theory and Continental Philosophy. (3 to a maximum of 12 ? )



PHIL 469 / 569. Seminar in Continental Philosophy. (3 to a maximum of 12 ?)



PHIL *480. Philosophy and Literature. (3 to a maximum of 12 ?)



PHIL 485. Philosophical Foundations of Economic Theory. (3)



PHIL 486 / 586. Seminar on Major Continental Philosopher. (3 to a maximum of 12 ? )



PHIL 497. Honors Seminar. (3 to a maximum of 6 ?)



PHIL 498. Reading and Research. (1-3, may be repeated 3 times ?)



PHIL 499. Senior Thesis. (3 to a maximum of 6 ?)



PHIL 510 / 410 [*410]. Kant. (3)



PHIL 520. Graduate Proseminar in Philosophy. (1-3)



PHIL 526. Seminar in Asian Philosophers. (3)



PHIL 542. Seminar in Individual Philosophers. (3 to a maximum of 18 ?)



PHIL 551. M.A. Problems. (1-3, may be repeated 6 times ?)



PHIL 554 / 454. Seminar in Metaphysics & Epistemology. (3 to a maximum of 12 ? )



PHIL 557 / 457. Seminar in the History of Philosophy. (3 to a maximum of 12 ?)



PHIL 558 / 458. Seminar in Moral and Political Philosophy. (3 to a maximum of 12 ?)



PHIL 562 / 462. Seminar in American Philosophy. (3 to a maximum of 12 ?)



PHIL 564 / 464. Seminar in Philosophy of Religion. (3 to a maximum of 12 ? )



PHIL 566 / 466. Seminar in Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics. (3 to a maximum of 12 ?)



PHIL 568 / 468. Seminar in Psychoanalytic Theory and Continental Philosophy. (3 to a maximum of 12 ?)



PHIL 569 / 469. Seminar in Continental Philosophy. (3 to a maximum of 12 ? )



PHIL 586 / 486. Seminar on Major Continental Philosopher. (3 to a maximum of 12 ?)



PHIL 599. Master?s Thesis. (1-6, no limit ?)



PHIL 651. Ph.D. Problems. (1-3, may be repeated 6 times ?)



PHIL 670. Seminar in Sanskrit Philosophical Texts. (3 to a maximum of 6 ?)



PHIL 675. Seminar in Madhyamaka. (3)



PHIL 676. Seminar in Vasubandhu. (3)



PHIL 677. Seminar in Dign?ga and Dharmak?rti. (3)



PHIL 678. Seminar in Ny?ya and Vaisesika. (3)



PHIL 679. Seminar in Ved?nta. (3)



PHIL 699. Dissertation. (3-12, no limit ?)



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