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 Philosophy component of 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.

SAMPLE PATHWAYS to complete AOC Requirements

New College students must satisfy both the requirements of the Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC), New College’s general education program, and the specific requirements for the Area of Concentration (AOC). With so many opportunities each term, the pathway below is provided as an example of how a student could complete the requirements for graduation. We’ve put some checkpoints in place so that you make the most of your time at New College. Each term you’ll meet with a faculty advisor to discuss courses, tutorials, internships, or other academic experiences. Schedule a meeting with your faculty advisor to discuss which courses satisfy the LAC and which satisfy the AOC. Each student completes a Provisional AOC Plan in the fifth contract to select an AOC, and each student submits a Thesis Prospectus/AOC Form in the sixth contract.

A Sample Four-Year Pathway for Philosophy

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

A Sample Two-Year Pathway for Philosophy

YearFall Term January / ISPSpring Term
Year 3Value theory 1ISP 1Modern Philosophy
Analytic 1European Continental
Formal LogicTutorial in potential thesis area (may satisfy a Value Theory, Analytic, or European Continental requirement depending on the area).
Elective CourseElective Course
Year 4Thesis tutorialISP 2Thesis tutorial
Value theory 2Classical Philosophy or Medieval Philosophy
Analytic 2Elective Course