The major in Philosophy leads to the degree of Bachelor of Arts. To satisfy the College of Arts and Sciences writing requirement in the discipline, students majoring in philosophy should take at least two (2) (properly approved writing and communication) philosophy courses.

Curriculum Requirements for Philosophy Majors (no track)

Required Courses
PHI 210Symbolic Logic3
or PHI 215 Logic and Law
PHI 271Ancient Philosophy3
or PHI 272 Modern Philosophy
Select one course at the 300 level3
Select one of the following 300 level courses:3
Ethics
Social and Political Philosophy
Philosophy of Law
Select two of the following:6
Theory of Knowledge
Philosophy of Language
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of Mind
Metaphysics
Select six credit hours at the 500 level6
Select two additional philosophy courses6
Additional Requirements
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
MTH 113Finite Mathematics3
Language Requirement3-9
People and Society Cognate9
STEM Cognate9
Minor 15
Electives39
Total Credit Hours120

Curriculum Requirements for Philosophy Majors with the Pre-Law Track

Required Courses
PHI 210Symbolic Logic3
or PHI 215 Logic and Law
PHI 271Ancient Philosophy3
or PHI 272 Modern Philosophy
PHI 330Ethics3
or PHI 331 Social and Political Philosophy
PHI 332Philosophy of Law3
or PHI 333 Philosophical foundations of criminal law
Select two of the following:6
Theory of Knowledge
Philosophy of Language
Philosophy of Science
Select two 500-level courses6
Select two additional PHI courses6
Additional Requirements
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
MTH 113Finite Mathematics3
Language Requirement3-9
People and Society Cognate9
STEM Cognate9
Minor 15
Electives39
Total Credit Hours120

Curriculum Requirements for Philosophy Majors with the Pre-Med Track

Required Courses
PHI 210Symbolic Logic3
PHI 271Ancient Philosophy3
or PHI 272 Modern Philosophy
PHI 330Ethics3
PHI 334Biomedical Ethics3
PHI 340Theory of Knowledge3
or PHI 344 Philosophy of Mind
PHI 343Philosophy of Science3
PHI 546Evidence and Knowledge in Medicine3
Select two 500-level courses6
Select two additional PHI courses6
Additional Requirements
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
MTH 113Finite Mathematics3
Language Requirement3-9
People and Society Cognate9
STEM Cognate9
Minor 15
Electives39
Total Credit Hours123

Suggested Plan of Study (no track)

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
PHI 100 Level Course or PHI 210 3
MTH 113 Finite Mathematics 3
UMX 100 The University of Miami Experience 0
Language Course 3
Natural Science Course 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
PHI 100 Level Course or PHI 210 3
Language Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Two
Fall
PHI 200 Level Course (History of Philosophy) 3
PHI 300 Level Course (Ethics) 3
Language Course 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
PHI 300 Level Course 3
PHI 300 Level Course 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
STEM Cognate Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Three
Fall
PHI 300 Level Course 3
Minor Course (Non-Philosophy) 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
STEM Cognate Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
PHI 300 Level Course 3
Minor Course (Non-Philosophy) 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
STEM Cognate Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Four
Fall
PHI 500 Level Course 3
Minor Course (Non-Philosophy) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
PHI 500 Level Course 3
Minor Course (Non-Philosophy) 3
Minor Course (Non-Philososphy) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120

Suggested Plan of Study with Pre-Law Track

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
Natural Science Course 3
PHI 100 Level Course or PHI 215 or PHI 210 3
MTH 113 Finite Mathematics 3
UMX 100 The University of Miami Experience 0
Language Course 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
PHI 100 Level Course or PHI 215 or PHI 210 3
Language Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Two
Fall
PHI 200 Level Course (History of Philosophy) 3
PHI 300 Level Course (Ethics) 3
Language Course 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
PHI 332 or 333 Philosophy of Law
or Philosophical foundations of criminal law
3
PHI 300 Level Course 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
STEM Cognate Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Three
Fall
PHI 300 Level Course 3
Minor Course (Non-Philosophy) 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
STEM Cognate Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
PHI 300 Level Course 3
Minor Course (Non-Philosophy) 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
STEM Cognate Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Four
Fall
PHI 500 Level Course 3
Minor Course (Non-Philosophy) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
PHI 500 Level Course 3
Minor Course (Non-Philosophy) 3
Minor Course (Non-Philososphy) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120

Suggested Plan of Study with Pre-Med Track

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
PHI 100 Level Course or PHI 210 3
MTH 113 Finite Mathematics 3
UMX 100 The University of Miami Experience 0
Language Course 3
Natural Science Course 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
PHI 100 Level Course or PHI 210 3
Language Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Two
Fall
PHI 200 Level Course (History of Philosophy) 3
PHI 300 Level Course (Ethics) 3
Language Course 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
PHI 334 Biomedical Ethics 3
PHI 343 Philosophy of Science 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
STEM Cognate Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Three
Fall
PHI 300 Level Course 3
Minor Course (Non-Philosophy) 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
STEM Cognate Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
PHI 300 Level Course 3
Minor Course (Non-Philosophy) 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
STEM Cognate Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Four
Fall
PHI 546 Evidence and Knowledge in Medicine 3
Minor Course (Non-Philosophy) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
PHI 500 Level Course 3
Minor Course (Non-Philosophy) 3
Minor Course (Non-Philososphy) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120

Mission

Philosophy majors should be able to think critically and imaginatively about philosophical questions and foundational issues in other disciplines. They should have a solid understanding of contemporary and historical philosophical texts; they should be able to evaluate complex philosophical arguments and to determine the logical validity or invalidity of arguments in any sphere.

 Goals

Student Learning Outcomes

  • All undergraduate majors will demonstrate the ability to evaluate evidence and arguments.
  • All undergraduate majors will demonstrate the ability to think critically about philosophical issues.
  • All undergraduate majors will demonstrate a specialized knowledge of at least one philosophical topic or area.
  • All undergraduate majors who take writing-credit courses will demonstrate the ability to:
    • (a) summarize the main ideas of historical or contemporary philosophical theories in written form,
    • (b) analyze the fundamental differences among important philosophical concepts in several paragraphs, and
    • (c) apply these concepts in a resolution of current debates in solid writing.