Academics

The department of philosophy offers a major, a minor, and two tracks for an honors degree at Ohio State. The requirements for each are listed below. More information can be found by checking out our 2016-17 A Guide to Undergraduate Studies or by making an appointment with our Faculty Advisor, Professor Lisa Shabel. To help you start planning, here is a list of current and upcoming courses on offer.
 

Philosophy Major

A Major in Philosophy requires taking a prerequisite and 30 credit hours distributed as follows:
Table displaying philosophy major requirements
 
* These two requirements should be taken as early as possible in your major program
 
NOTE: Major program courses may not be used for GE purposes, except in the case of the Global Studies requirements. Philosophy 2367 may not count towards your Major program, although it may be used for GE purposes.  For more details, see our 2016-17 A Guide to Undergraduate Studies
 

Interested?

  • Contact our Faculty Advisor, Professor Lisa Shabel to plan your path to a Major in Philosophy, or to ask questions about upcoming courses and course content. 
  • Contact our Academic Advisor, Nadia Barksdale, to officially declare your Major in Philosophy, or to ask questions about GE and other graduation requirements.
All new majors must meet with Professor Lisa Shabel before declaring with Ms. Ramsey.
 
 

Philosophy Minor

Getting a minor in philosophy is easy! All you need is 4 courses:
 
Minor Reqs 2
 
NOTE: Up to 6 Minor credit hours may count toward GE requirements. Philosophy 2367 may not count towards your Minor program, although it may be used for GEC purposes. For more details, see our 2016-17 A Guide to Undergraduate Studies.
 
Philosophy Minors may distribute their four courses among any combination of philosophical topics. However, for those excited about a particular area of philosophy, we offer “minor focuses” to help you chart your course. A minor focus is NOT required, but might be a nice complement to related majors:
 

Interested? 

  • Contact our Faculty Advisor, Professor Lisa Shabel to plan your path to a Minor in Philosophy, or to ask questions about upcoming courses and course content. 
  • Contact our Academic Advisor, Nadia Barksdale, to officially declare your Minor in Philosophy, or to ask questions about GE and other graduation requirements.
New minors are NOT required to meet with Professor Lisa Shabel before declaring with Ms. Ramsey. 
 
 

Honors Degree in Philosophy

There are two main tracks toward graduation with honors in Philosophy, beyond the standard major program:  Graduation with Honors in the Liberal Arts and Graduation with Distinction in Philosophy.  And, there are two plans to Graduation with Distinction in Philosophy:  a thesis plan and a paper portfolio plan.  A student may plan his or her course of study to lead to both Graduation with Honors in the Liberal Arts and Graduation with Distinction in Philosophy.
 
The guidelines for the foregoing tracks can be found in the 2016-17 A Guide to Undergraduate Studies. Those seeking an Honors Degree in Philosophy should consult with our faculty advisor, Professor Lisa Shabel as well as with an ASC Honors Counselor.
 
 
 
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