Sample Degree Pathway for Philosophy - Communications & Critical Thinking Option

For students who entered fall 2015 and beyond.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
ENGL.1010/ HONR.1100 College Writing I/FYSH (CW) 3
MATH.xxxx MATH.1110/1510 recommended (MATH) 3
PHIL.2010 Introduction to Philosophy (CTPS) 3
xxxx.xxxx Social Sciences Persp. (SS) 3
WLxx.xxxx Language 1 & Culture 3
FAHS.1090 First Year Seminar 1
Total 16

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
ENGL.1020 College Writing II (CW) 3
xxxx.xxxx Social Sciences Persp. (SS) 3
xxxx.xxxx Arts & Hum. Persp. (AH) 3
PHIL.2020 Intro to Logic and Critical Thinking (QL) 3
WLxx.xxxx Language 2 & Culture 3
Total 15

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
PHIL.2030/2060 Intro to Ethics / Intro to Political Philosophy 3
PHIL.3xxx Philosophy Elective: see Ethical Issues list (SRE) 3
xxxx.xxxx Science with Lab Persp. (SCL) 4
xxxx.xxxx Arts & Hum. Persp. (AH) 3
xxxx.xxxx Language 3 & Culture or World Ready Elective1 3
Total 16

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
PHIL.3xxx Philosophy Elective: see Philosophy, Politics & Culture list (DCA) 3
PHIL.xxxx Philosophy Elective (3000 level or above) 3
xxxx.xxxx Social Sciences Persp. (SS) 3
xxxx.xxxx Science with Lab Persp. (SCL) 4
xxxx.xxxx Language 4 & Culture or World Ready Elective1 3
Total 16

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
PHIL.xxxx Philosophy Elective: see Aesthetics list 3
xxxx.xxxx Communications Elective (see list)2 3
xxxx.xxxx STEM Persp. (STEM) 3
xxxx.xxxx Arts & Hum. Persp. (AH) 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
Total 15

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
xxxx.xxxx Communications Elective (see list)2 3
xxxx.xxxx Communications Elective (see list)2 3
xxxx.xxxx Philosophy or Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx World Ready Elective1 or Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
Total 15

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
xxxx.xxxx Philosophy or Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Philosophy or Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
Total 15

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
PHIL.4960/4951 Practicum / Senior Capstone (AIL), (WOC), (IL) 3
xxxx.xxxx Philosophy or Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
Total 15

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)

  • PHIL.3210 Philosophy Classics: Nietzsche
  • PHIL.3340 Engineering and Ethics
  • PHIL.3350 Ethical Issues in Technology
  • PHIL.3520 Existence and Anxiety
  • PHIL.3610 Equality, Justice, & the Law
  • PHIL.3620 Democracy and its Critics
  • PHIL.3690 History of Moral Philosophy
  • PHIL.3830 Philosophy of Death and Dying
  • PHIL.3890 Immigration and Global Justice

Philosophy, Politics and Culture (DCA)

  • PHIL.3060 Feminist Theory Politics
  • PHIL.3080 Philosophy of Race and Gender
  • PHIL.3400 Mysticism: East and West
  • PHIL.3500 World Philosophies
  • PHIL.3750 Philosophy of Sex and Love
  • PHIL.3710 Buddhist and Zen Philosophy
  • PHIL.3780 Philosophy of Peace & Nonviolence
  • PHIL.3880 Latin American Philosophy

Aesthetics

  • PHIL.3100 Philosophy of the Creative Imagination
  • PHIL.3140 Philosophy of the Gothic Imagination
  • PHIL.3160 Philosophy and Film
  • PHIL.3740 Myth, Ritual and Festival
  • PHIL.3840 Philosophies of Art and Beauty
  • PHIL.3850 Philosophy of Popular Culture

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.

  • DGMD.3100 Digital Editing
  • ENGL.2210 Writing for Interactive Media
  • ENGL.2220 Oral Communication
  • ENGL.2240 Business Communication
  • ENGL.2270/2290 Essay Writing
  • ENGL.3000 Intro to Journalism
  • ENGL.3010 News writing
  • ENGL.3090 Writing About Issues Human Community
  • ENGL.3860 The Science of Editing
  • ENGL.3870 Introduction to Editing and Publishing
  • ENGL.3910 Writing on the Job
  • ENGL.4060 Writing in the Community
  • POLI.2100 Media and Politics
  • POLI.2220 Politics of the Internet
  • POLI.3160 Politics and Film
  • POLI.4220 Seminar: Political Communications and Media Studies
  • FAHS.2160 Intro to Communications
  • FAHS.2170 Media, Perception, & Culture
  • FAHS.2180 Information Technology and Human Community
  • FAHS.2190 Introduction to Theater
  • FAHS.3160 Uses of Multimedia

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.

  • PHIL.4960 Practicum OR PHIL.4951 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 website 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: 10/25/2017.