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Philosophy

Sample Degree Pathway for Philosophy - Communications & Critical Thinking Option

For students who entered fall 2015 and beyond.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course#Course NameCr.
Total16
ENGL.1010 /
HONR.1100
College Writing I / FYSH (CW)3
FAHS.1090First Year Seminar1
PHIL.2010Introduction to Philosophy (CTPS)3
MATH.xxxxMath Persp. (MATH) - MATH.1110 / MATH.1510 recommended3
WLxx.xxxxLanguage 1 & Culture3
xxxx.xxxxSocial Sciences Persp. (SS)3

Spring Semester

Course#Course NameCr.
Total15
ENGL.1020College Writing II (CW)3
PHIL.2020Intro to Logic and Critical Thinking (QL)3
WLxx.xxxxLanguage 2 & Culture3
xxxx.xxxxSocial Sciences Persp. (SS)3
xxxx.xxxxArts & Hum. Persp. (AH)3

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course#Course NameCr.
PHIL.2030 /
PHIL.2060
Intro to Ethics / Intro to Political Philosophy3
PHIL.3xxxPhilosophy Elective: see Ethical Issues list (SRE)3
xxxx.xxxxScience with Lab Persp. (SCL)4
xxxx.xxxxArts & Hum. Persp. (AH)3
xxxx.xxxxLanguage 3 & Culture or World Ready Elective13
Total16

Spring Semester

Course#Course NameCr.
PHIL.3xxxPhilosophy Elective: see Philosophy, Politics & Culture list (DCA)3
PHIL.xxxxPhilosophy Elective (3000 level or above)3
xxxx.xxxxSocial Sciences Persp. (SS)3
xxxx.xxxxScience with Lab Persp. (SCL)4
xxxx.xxxxLanguage 4 & Culture or World Ready Elective13
Total16

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Course#Course NameCr.
PHIL.xxxxPhilosophy Elective: see Aesthetics list3
xxxx.xxxxCommunications Elective (see list)23
xxxx.xxxxSTEM Persp. (STEM)3
xxxx.xxxxArts & Hum. Persp. (AH)3
xxxx.xxxxFree Elective3
Total15

Spring Semester

Course#Course NameCr.
xxxx.xxxxCommunications Elective (see list)23
xxxx.xxxxCommunications Elective (see list)23
xxxx.xxxxPhilosophy or Free Elective3
xxxx.xxxxWorld Ready Elective1 or Free Elective3
xxxx.xxxxFree Elective3
Total15

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course#Course NameCr.
xxxx.xxxxPhilosophy or Free Elective3
xxxx.xxxxPhilosophy or Free Elective3
xxxx.xxxxFree Elective3
xxxx.xxxxFree Elective3
xxxx.xxxxFree Elective3
Total15

Spring Semester

Course#Course NameCr.
PHIL.4960 /
PHIL.4951
Practicum / Senior Capstone (AIL), (WOC), (IL)3
xxxx.xxxxPhilosophy or Free Elective3
xxxx.xxxxFree Elective3
xxxx.xxxxFree Elective3
xxxx.xxxxFree Elective3
Total15

Total Minimum Credits = 120.

1World Ready Language Track (WR track) requires successful completion of a two course sequence in a World Language (depending on placement) and three approved courses on the culture/history/literature/film related to that language, but taught in English. (Total of 15 credits.) For detailed information refer to Policies - Language Requirements in the undergraduate catalog.

2Students in this option must take three interdisciplinary classes directly relevant to the Communications program. Please consult with your advisor about selecting available courses relevant to your career goals.

See your advisor for a list of courses.

Philosophy majors under this option are required to complete 33 total credits designated by the major, with a minimum 24 credits in Philosophy, including a minimum of 15 credits in Philosophy at the 3000 level or higher.

Required Courses (9 credits)

  • PHIL.2010 Introduction to Philosophy (CTPS)
  • PHIL.2020 Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking (QL)
  • PHIL.2030 Introduction to Ethics OR PHIL.2060 Introduction to Political Philosophy

Upper-Level Area Verifications (9 credits)

Students must take one course from each of the three categories below.

Ethics Issues (SRE)

Philosophy, Politics and Culture (DCA)

Aesthetics

Upper-level Philosophy Elective (3 credits minimum)

Students must take at least one additional Philosophy course at the 3000 level or higher.

Interdisciplinary Electives (9 credits)

Students must take three interdisciplinary electives outside of the department relating to critical thinking and/or communications. Exceptions to include other courses may be requested by petition.

Practicum or Senior Capstone (3 credits) (AIL), (WOC), (IL)

Students must complete a three-credit practicum (either a 60-hour internship or a directed study) approved by the Chair. Alternatively, students under this option may choose to complete a three-credit senior thesis in the Senior Capstone.

No more than two Breadth of Knowledge courses can be taken with the same prefix. The Core Curriculum courses may be taken in any sequence. Refer to the Core Curriculum policy for further details. You should meet with your faculty advisor to determine how you will meet the Core Curriculum requirements.

Current UMass Lowell students should be using their advisement report in SiS. If you need assistance, please contact your advisor.

Restriction on off-campus study:

Be advised that any course taken at another institution must be formally approved prior to enrollment. See the catalog policy for details.

Last updated: 5/31/2018