Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy

The following table summarizes all requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy. To see the description of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all philosophy courses. For one possible breakdown of the philosophy major by semester, see the Plan of Study below.

 Requirements   Credits 
 Philosophy  30
      CLAR 111. Composition and Critical Thinking II
      CLAR 304. The Good Life
      PHIL 102. Introduction to Philosophy
      PHIL 210. Metaphysics
      One of:
           PHIL 404. History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
           PHIL 407. History of Modern Philosophy
           PHIL 361. Evil and Modern Thought
      PHIL 498. Senior Research Seminar*
      Four Philosophy electives or a track below**:
      Track 1: Philosophy, Law and Politics
           PHIL 325. Philosophy of Law
           PHIL 326. Legal Reasoning
                One of:
                     PHIL 327. Legal Ethics
                     PHIL 332. Social and Economic Justice
                     POLS 351. Politics and Social Policy
                One of: 
                     POLS 306. Courts in American Politics 
                     POLS 420. Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
                     POLS 421. Constitutional Law
                     HIST 410. US Constitutional History
                     PHIL 324. Mock Trial
     Track 2: Philosophy and Social Justice
          PHIL 332. Social and Economic Justice
          One of:
               NV 301. Philosophy of Non-Violence
               NV 358. Philosophy of Gandhi
          Two of:
               PHIL 341. Environmental Ethics
               POLS 240. Controversies of Social Policy
               POLS 251. American Urban Conflict
               POLS 315. Environmental Politics
               POLS 351. Politics and Social Policy
               POLS 420. Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
               SOC 205. Sociology of Inequality
               SOC 413. Minorities
     Track 3: Philosophy, Art and Literature
          Two of:
               PHIL 318. Aesthetics
               PHIL 319. Philosophy and Literature
               PHIL 320. Existentialism
               PHIL 409. Nietzsche
          One of:
               AH 322. Contemporary Issues in Art
               ENG 390. Literary Theory
               VA 341. Modern Art & Theory
          One of:
               AH 201. Ancient Civilizations
               AH 202. Renaissance-Romanticism
               ENG 220. American Literature
               ENG 221. American Literature II
     Track 4: Philosophy, Ethics and Medicine
          PHIL 335. Philosophy of Science and Medicine
          PHIL 338. Medical Ethics
          Two of:
               PHIL 337. Death and Dying
               PHIL 345. Values at the End of Life
               PSYC 330. Health Psychology (PSYC 101 prerequisite)
               SOC 408. Health and Illness

3
3
3
3
3



3
12
 Quantitative Reasoning  3
      One mathematics course 3
 Foreign Language  3
      One course at the 202 level or above*** 3
 Clare College (Core Curriculum at St. Bonaventure) 30
      CLAR 101. The Intellectual Journey
      CLAR 110. Composition and Critical Thinking I 
      Core Area Courses:
           CLAR 103. Foundations of the Western World
           CLAR 105. Inquiry in the Social World
           CLAR 206. Foundational Religious Texts of the Western World
           CLAR 207. The Catholic-Franciscan Heritage
           CLAR 208. World Views
           CLAR 209. Art and Literature
           CLAR 302. Inquiry in the Natural World & CLRL 302 (Lab)
      CLAR 401. The University Forum 
3
3
 
3
3
3
3
3
3
4
2
 General Electives   54
 Total  120

* The Senior Research Seminar is taken in the fall semester of the student's senior year.

** You complete the major either by selecting with your academic advisor a set of four courses tailored to your interests, or by following one of the four pre-approved tracks we have created.

*** The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.

† The Clare College curriculum also includes a three-credit quantitative reasoning requirement. Philosophy majors satisfy this requirement by passing any of the courses listed in the above table under Quantitative Reasoning.

Philosophy Double Majors Program

The Department offers special advisement to students wishing to pursue the study of philosophy as a second or double major in conjunction with their primary field of study.



Plan of Study for a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy

Changes in the sequence of the plan of study below may be desirable. These must be made in consultation with the student’s academic adviser. To see the title of a course, simply pass the cursor over the course's number. To see the description of a course, click on its number.

 ◄ FIRST YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits 
CLAR 110 3 CLAR 111 3
Foreign Lang./General Elective 3 Foreign Language* 3
CLAR 101 3 Core Area Courses (Clare) 6
PHIL 102 3 General Elective 3
Core Area Course (Clare) 3
Total 15 Total 15
  
 ◄ SECOND YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits 
PHIL 210 3 Quantitative Reasoning 3
General Electives 6 General Elective 3
Core Area Courses (Clare) 6 CLAR 304 3


Core Area Courses (Clare)  7
Total 15 Total 16
  
 ◄ THIRD YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits 
PHIL 404/PHIL 407/PHIL 361 3 Philosophy Electives
6
General Electives 9 General Electives
9
Core Area Course (Clare) 3

Total 15 Total 15
  
 ◄ FOURTH YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits 
PHIL 498 3 Philosophy Elective 3
Philosophy Elective 3 General Electives 12
General Electives 6    
CLAR 401 2
Total 14 Total 15

* The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.


Requirements for a Minor in Philosophy

A student may obtain a general minor or a minor in one of the tracks described under the major. To see the description of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptionspage lists all philosophy courses. 

To declare a minor, a special form must be filled out and filed with the Records Office by the end of the student's junior year. The appropriate form is available from the student's adviser or from the Office of the Registrar.

All minors require: