Philosophy Major & Minor
Philosophy examines concepts, presuppositions and implications that play across the range of human inquiry.
Philosophy majors routinely do better than their peers on standardized tests used for admission to law schools, business schools and other graduate programs. Four years of instruction in logic and reasoning make philosophy majors good at critical thinking and clear communication. Those skills make students who study philosophy attractive to graduate schools but also to corporate employers. Employers frequently say that they want to hire employees who are broad thinkers and strategic problem solvers, as opposed to recent graduates who may have been trained in a very narrow discipline.
Recent philosophy majors at Richmond have gone on to pursue careers in law, medicine, business, sports, physics, religion, psychology, architecture, literary criticism, the military and, of course, philosophy itself.
The Philosophy Major
Note: The grade point average of the coursework in philosophy comprising the major must be 2.00 or above with no more than one grade below C- (1.7).
10 units, including
6 units in electives as follows
1 300-level elective chosen from Category I courses1 300-level elective chosen from Category II courses2 additional 300-level electives1 elective at the 200-level or above1 elective at any level which may include FYS 100 taught in Philosophy
The Philosophy Minor
Note: A grade of not less than C- (1.7) is required in each course comprising the minor.
5 units, including
2 units at the 300-level or above1 unit at any level, which may include FYS 100 taught by faculty from the Philosophy department Category I