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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Philosophy


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Faculty

Chair

Steven Yalowitz
B.A., Oberlin College, 1983; Ph.D., Columbia University, 1991

Associate Professors

Jessica Pfeifer
B.A., Wesleyan University, 1991; Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 1999

Steven Yalowitz
B.A., Oberlin College, 1983; Ph.D., Columbia University, 1991

Assistant Professors

Jerome Nance
B.A., Hendrix College, 2004; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2011

Instructor

Richard L. Wilson
B.A., Portland State University, 1975; M.A., Duquesne University, 1981

Professor Emeritu

Stephen E. Braude
B.A., Oberlin College, 1967; M.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1970; Ph.D., 1971

 

Courses in this program are listed under PHIL.

The philosophy major and minor emphasize critical analysis, problem-solving and the formulation and evaluation of arguments in oral and written contexts. Philosophy students learn to think logically and critically. The major also introduces students to a range of traditional philosophical issues and provides an opportunity to read carefully the works of some of the greatest thinkers in history.

Career and Academic Paths

The discipline provides a solid foundation for graduate study and work in professions requiring analytic, conceptual and expository skills. Philosophy majors tend to do very well in these areas and perform substantially better than average on graduate admissions tests. In recent years, graduates of the philosophy program have been admitted for graduate study in a variety of disciplines, including law, medicine and philosophy.

Academic Advising

All students in the department are advised by full-time members of the philosophy faculty. Normally, the advising coordinator assists the student in the selection of a faculty advisor whose interests are similar to those of the student.

Honors Program

The honors program in philosophy allows philosophy majors to receive the B.A. in Philosophy with honors.

Eligibility Requirements: Students applying for admission to the Honors Program in Philosophy must apply no later than two weeks before the last day to add Independent Study courses for the first semester of their senior year. Applicants must have completed at least 45 credits of university course work and earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or above. Applicants must also have completed at least four 300 or 400 level courses in Philosophy with a grade point average in those courses of 3.5 or above. Transfer students must have completed at least two 400 level courses in Philosophy with a grade point average in those courses of 3.5 or above. Students who do not meet the eligibility requirements may petition the Honors Coordinator for admission to the Program.

Requirements of the Program: Candidates for graduation with honors must satisfy the following requirements.

  • They must have completed at least 36 credits (12 courses) in Philosophy with a grade of "B" or above.
  • They must have completed at least 18 credits (6 courses) in Philosophy at the 300 or 400 level, with a grade of "B" or above.
  • They must have completed the requirements for a major in Philosophy.
  • They must have an overall cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 and a grade point average in Philosophy of at least 3.5.
  • In his or her senior year, the candidate must complete PHIL 405  and PHIL 406  ("Honors Independent Study in Philosophy"), a two-semester sequence of courses devoted to the final project, normally an Honors paper. This two-semester course sequence is to be taken starting in the first semester of the candidate's senior year, and the Honors project must be completed at least six weeks before the end of classes in the second semester of the candidate's senior year.
  • They must have fulfilled all university requirements for graduation and be a student in good standing.

The Honors Final Project: The final project, normally a paper, must be prepared in consultation with a faculty advisor and submitted for approval at least six weeks before the end of classes in the candidate's graduating semester. After it is submitted, the paper will be read by two faculty members---the candidate's Honors advisor and a reader. The candidate will then meet with the advisor and reader to discuss the paper. Upon their approval, the advisor and the reader will recommend to the Honors Coordinator no later than two weeks before the end of classes in the candidate's graduating semester that the project be accepted for Honors.

The Honors Coordinator: The Department Chair shall act as Honors Coordinator. He or she shall recommend candidates to the Department faculty for admission to the Honors Program and shall assign an advisor and a reader to each Honors candidate.

Special Opportunities

Independent studies at the 400 level, taught by faculty in their areas of expertise and research, are available to students with appropriate interests and preparation.

Student Organizations

Philosophers Anonymous Council of Majors Philosophers Anonymous is the undergraduate philosophy society that is organized as a student club with the support of the Student Government Association and the Department of Philosophy. The group encourages membership from all those interested in philosophy and supports student receptions, lectures by philosophers from UMBC and other institutions, as well as student discussion groups and debates between and among students and members of the faculty on various topics of contemporary interest. Philosophers Anonymous acts as a council of majors and represents the interests of the students to the department.

Programs

    Bachelor of ArtsNon-Degree

    Courses

      Philosophy

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