Philosophy Curriculum

View the requirements for an AOC in Philosophy and see sample pathways to graduation.

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Area of Concentration Requirements

At least 10 undertakings in philosophy, including:

a. Two courses (or equivalent) in the history of philosophy, including ancient philosophy, modern philosophy, or both.
b. One course (or equivalent) in deductive logic.
c. One course (or equivalent) in ethics, and one additional course in value theory (e.g., ethics, aesthetics, metaethics, social and political philosophy).
d. Two courses (or equivalent) in contemporary analytic systematic areas (e.g., metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of religion).
e. One course in Continental thought.
f. One philosophy course (or equivalent) that meets the college’s Diverse Perspectives LAC requirement.

An undertaking that meets requirement “f” can also meet one of the other distribution requirements if the subject-matter is appropriate.

Requirements for joint-disciplinary AOC:

At least seven undertakings in philosophy. Distribution may be adjusted to individual students’ needs and interests, but will usually include:

a. One course (or equivalent) in the history of either ancient or modern philosophy.
b. One course (or equivalent) in deductive logic.
c. One course (or equivalent) in ethics.
d. One course (or equivalent) in contemporary analytic systematic areas (e.g., metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of religion).
e. One course (or equivalent) in Continental thought.
f. One philosophy course (or equivalent) that meets the college’s Diverse Perspectives LAC requirement.

An undertaking that meets requirement “f” can also meet one of the other distribution requirements if the subject-matter is appropriate.

Secondary Field Requirements

The equivalent of five full-semester activities (courses, tutorials, ISPs) in Philosophy, including activities taught by at least two different New College faculty members

Sample 4 Year Pathway

 

 Fall TermJanuary ISPSpring Term
Year 1
  • Philosophy LAC course (may satisfy specific AOC requirements depending on choice)
  • LAC 2
  • LAC 3
  • General college elective
  • ISP #1
  • Classical Philosophy
  • Analytic 1 (i.e., a course counting toward the two required courses in Recent Analytic Philosophy)
  • LAC 4
  • General college elective
Year 2
  • Value theory 1 (ethics)
  • Formal Logic
  • LAC 5
  • General college elective
  • ISP #2
  • European Continental course
  • Modern Philosophy
  • LAC 6
  • General college elective
Year 3
  • Analytic 2
  • Philosophy elective (may satisfy specific AOC requirement depending on choice)
  • LAC 7
  • General college elective
  • ISP #3
  • Value theory 2
  • Tutorial in potential thesis area
  • LAC 8
  • General college elective
Year 4
  • Thesis tutorial
  • Philosophy elective
 
  • Thesis tutorial; baccalaureate exam
  • Philosophy elective

 

Sample 2 Year Transfer Pathway

 Fall TermJanuary ISPSpring Term
Year 3
  • Value theory 1
  • Analytic 1
  • Formal Logic
  • Elective Course
  • ISP #1
  • Modern Philosophy
  • European Continental
  • Tutorial in potential thesis area (may satisfy a Value Theory, Analytic, or European Continental requirement depending on the area).
  • Elective Course
Year 4
  • Thesis tutorial
  • Value theory 2
  • Analytic 2
  • ISP #2
  • Thesis tutorial
  • Classical Philosophy or Medieval Philosophy
  • Elective Course

Note: Philosophy courses are generally offered on a two year cycle, i.e., each course is offered every other year. So to complete the AOC in two years, a student will need to take Formal Logic, Modern Philosophy, and either Classical Philosophy or Medieval Philosophy in the semester it’s offered, wherever that happens to fall in the two years. The specific semesters for those will have to be adjusted based on the actual schedule when the student begins the program.