Sample Degree Pathway for Philosophy - General 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 & 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 w/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 w/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 Metaphysics and Epistemology List 3
PHIL.xxxx Philosophy Elective (3000 level or above) 3
xxxx.xxxx STEM Perspective (STEM) 3
xxxx.xxxx Arts & Hum. Persp. (AH) 3
xxxx.xxxx World Ready Elective1 or Free Elective 3
Total 15

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
PHIL.xxxx Philosophy Elective (any level) 3
xxxx.xxxx Philosophy or Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Philosophy or Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx 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.4951 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.

See your advisor for a list of courses. 

Philosophy majors in this option will be required to complete 30 total credits in Philosophy, with a minimum of 15 credits 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), (CTPS)
  • 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.

Ethical 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

Metaphysics and Epistemology

  • PHIL.3010 Ways of Knowing
  • PHIL.3050 Language Signs and Symbols
  • PHIL.3700 Metaphysics
  • PHIL.3310 Philosophy of the Mind
  • PHIL.3360 Early Modern Philosophy
  • PHIL.3860 Ancient Philosophy
  • PHIL.3130 American Philosophy
  • PHIL.3510 Problem of Evil
  • PHIL.3570 Science and Religion

Upper-level Philosophy Electives (6 credits minimum)

Students must take at least two additional Philosophy courses at the 3000 level or higher.

Additional Philosophy Electives (3 credits minimum)

Students must take at lest one additional Philosophy courses at any level.

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

Students must complete a thesis in the Senior Capstone.

  • 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 adviser.

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