A Philosophy major with a Communications & Critical Thinking Option consists of 30-45 credits. The department does not specify course work for the major, but recommends that the sequence of courses be designed in close consultation with the student's faculty advisor. A minor is strongly recommended, but not required.
Note: At least 36 credits are recommended in order to be eligible for graduate school.
Refer to the General Education website for General Education 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:
Introductory Level Courses
Choose two from the following:
Upper Level Classes
Students must take a minimum of five upper level philosophy classes (classes at the 3000 or 4000 level).
Students must take three interdisciplinary classes in subjects relevant to the Communications program. Since the availability of these classes is subject to change, there is no comprehensive list of classes that satisfy this requirement. The following is a sample list of the types of classes that would count as interdisciplinary electives. Students should consult with their advisor if they have questions about whether a particular class would count.
Students will ordinarily take a three-credit practicum consisting of a volunteer internship at a professional site relevant to their course of study. The practicum should be a minimum of 60 hours over the course of a semester. At the end of the practicum, students will write an eight-page essay describing their experience and its contribution to their course of study. Students may also opt out of the practicum and take an extra philosophy class or a focused directed study leading to a 25 page thesis paper on a topic they want to explore in depth.
Last updated: 10/26/2017