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Philosophy

The philosophy major is intended to give students a focused grounding in the history and practice of philosophy as part of their broader education in the humanities at Antioch College. Following the dictum laid down by Socrates that the unexamined life is not worth living, philosophy majors will examine fundamental topics such as the nature of justice, being, political community, reality, and the best way of life. Philosophy majors will learn to develop and support their own views with clarity, and they will connect their work in philosophy with ideas and methodologies from other disciplines through the 210 series of courses in philosophy, literature, and history.

Beyond the General Education, Language and Culture, Cooperative Education, and Electives requirements, philosophy majors must complete the following:

Total number of credits toward the major: 52

Core Requirements in the Major
28 credits toward the major
LIT 210 Introduction to the Literary Tradition in English (4 credits)
HIST 210 African American History, from the Colonial Period to the Present (4 credits)
PHIL 210 Philosophy and Literature (4 credits)
PHIL 330 Ancient Philosophy (4 credits)
PHIL 332 Modern Philosophy (4 credits)
HUM 494 Senior Seminar in the Humanities (4 credits)
HUM 495 Senior Project in the Humanities (4 credits)
Foundation Course in Philosophy: Choose 1*
PHIL 105 Epistemology: Theories of Knowledge (4 credits)
PHIL 110 Law and Justice in the Western Tradition (4 credits)

* Credits earned in foundation courses count toward the general education requirement.

Advanced Courses in Philosophy: Choose 3
12 credits toward the major
PHIL 310 Special Topics in Philosophy (4 credits)
PHIL 320 Special Topics in Philosophy (4 credits)
PHIL 330 Ancient Philosophy (4 credits)
PHIL 331 Medieval Philosophy (4 credits)
PHIL 332 Modern Philosophy (4 credits)
PHIL 335 Feminist Philosophy & Political Theory (4 credits)
PHIL 410 Special Topics in Philosophy (4 credits)
PHIL 440 Selected Topics in Contemporary Philosophy (4 credits)
Intermediate Courses in HIS, LIT, or PHIL: Choose 1
4 credits toward the major
HIST 220 U.S. History I, from the Colonial Period to 1877 (4 credits)
HIST 221 U.S. History II, 1877 to the Present (4 credits)
HIST 225 World History I, to 1500 (4 credits)
HIST 226 World History II, from 1500 to the Present (4 credits)
HIST 230 African American History, from the Colonial Period to the Present (4 credits)
HIST 231 Latin American History, from the Colonial Period to the Present (4 credits)
HIST 232 Empire Building and Colonization in the Atlantic World II, since 1890 (4 credits)
HIST 233 U.S. Women’s History (4 credits)
HIST 240 Gender Expression and Sexual Orientation: A Global History (4 credits)
HIST 250 The Construction of Race and Ethnicity in North America (4 credits)
LIT 220 Introduction to World Literature (4 credits)
LIT 240 Introduction to Drama (4 credits)
LIT 241 Introduction to Poetry (4 credits)
LIT 242 Introduction to Fiction (4 credits)
ENG 250/
LIT 250
Creative Writing I (4 credits)
ENG 250/
LIT 251
Expository Writing I (4 credits)
LIT 290 Introduction to Advanced Study in Literature (4 credits)
LIT 299 Introductory Independent Study in Literature (4 credits)
ANTH 205/
PHIL 205
Philosophy of Religion (4 credits)
PHIL 220 Existentialism (4 credits)
PHIL 221 Environmental Ethics & Political Theory (4 credits)
PHIL 225 Critical Thinking (4 credits)
PHIL 229 Eastern Philosophy (4 credits)
Advanced Courses in HIS, LIT, or PHIL: Choose 2
8 credits toward the major
LIT 301 Advanced Independent Study in Literature (4 credits)
LIT 310 Studies in Major Authors (4 credits)
LIT 320 Gender in Literature (4 credits)
LIT 321 Ethnicity in Literature (4 credits)
LIT 330 Literary Movements and Moments I (before 1850) (4 credits)
ENG 350/
LIT 350
Advanced Creative Writing (4 credits)
ENG 351/
LIT 351
Advanced Expository Writing (4 credits)
LIT 370 Special Topics: Advanced Theoretical Approaches to Literature (4 credits)
LIT 399 Advanced Independent Study in Literature (4 credits)
HIST 330 The History of a City (4 credits)
HIST 331 The History of the American City (4 credits)
HIST 334 The History of a Person (4 credits)
HIST 335 The History of an Institution (4 credits)
HIST 370 Special Topics in U.S. History (4 credits)
HIST 470 Special Topics in the Practice of History (4 credits)
PHIL 310 Special Topics in Philosophy (4 credits)
PHIL 320 Special Topics in Philosophy (4 credits)
PHIL 330 Ancient Philosophy (4 credits)
PHIL 331 Medieval Philosophy (4 credits)
PHIL 332 Modern Philosophy (4 credits)
PHIL 335 Feminist Philosophy & Political Theory (4 credits)
PHIL 410 Special Topics in Philosophy (4 credits)
PHIL 440 Selected Topics in Contemporary Philosophy (4 credits)