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
      PHIL 102. Introduction to Philosophy
      PHIL 210. Metaphysics
      PHIL 312. Symbolic Logic
      PHIL 404. History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
      PHIL 407. History of Modern Philosophy
      PHIL 498. Senior Research Seminar*
      Four philosophy electives
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) 36
      CLAR 101. The Intellectual Journey
      CLAR 110. Composition and Critical Thinking I 
      CLAR 111. Composition and Critical Thinking II
      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 304. The Good Life
      CLAR 401. The University Forum 
3
3
3
 
3
3
3
3
3
3
4
3
2
 General Electives   48
 Total  120

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

** 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
Core Area Course (Clare) 3
Total 15 Total 12
  
 ◄ SECOND YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits 
PHIL 210 3 Quantitative Reasoning 3
General Elective 3 General Elective 3
PHIL 312 3 CLAR 304 3
Core Area Courses (Clare) 6 Core Area Courses (Clare)  7
Total 15 Total 16
  
 ◄ THIRD YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits 
PHIL 404 3 PHIL 407 3
General Electives 9 Philosophy Electives 6
Core Area Course (Clare) 3 General Electives 6
Total 15 Total 15
  
 ◄ FOURTH YEAR ► 
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester  Credits 
PHIL 498 3 Philosophy Elective 3
Philosophy Electives 3 General Electives 12
General Electives 9    
CLAR 401 2
Total 17 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 General Philosophy

For non-majors, the following courses constitute a minor in general philosophy. To see the description of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page 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.