A major in philosophy requires 30 hours in philosophy, including 18 hours of work at the 300 level or above. The following courses are required: Phil 244, 248, 260, 321 or 346, 301 or 302, and 494 or 496. A grade of C or higher must be earned in required courses, and majors must possess at least a 2.0 average in all philosophy courses in order to graduate. A department advisor will help students select philosophy electives and courses from other departments suited to students’ specific educational goals and interests.
Students who decide to write a senior thesis should make arrangements with a faculty member during the semester preceding the one in which he or she plans to write the thesis. Only students who have a 3.7 average or higher in philosophy courses are eligible to write the senior thesis. In unusual circumstances, an exception may be made at the discretion of the faculty member. Please consult your advisor and the WVU Philosophy Department Guidelines for more informationClick here for a complete listing of requirements.
The study of Philosophy provides an exceptionally strong preparation for law school. The course of study for a pre-law philosophy major includes all requirements for the major as well as PHIL 130, 323, and 325.Click here for complete requirements for pre-law.
Any student admitted to an undergraduate degree program at WVU may complete a minor in philosophy. The minor is designated to acquaint students with a broad range of philosophical topics and skills, and to introduce them to the fundamental issues in philosophy. The minor consists of 15 hours in philosophy, with at least nine hours at the upper level (300 level or above).