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Philosophy

Philosophy is primarily something one does. At Sweet Briar, students are involved directly in the process of exploring and developing ideas in the context of an intense encounter with the faculty, other students, and the writings of those philosophers widely acknowledged to be profound, provocative, or both. The student will study philosophy by being a philosopher, and as such, will be engaged in a search for the definition, expansion, and deepening of her own world view.

The Philosophy Major
The Philosophy Minor
Course Descriptions

 

The Philosophy Major
(33 semester hours)

Required:
PHIL 119    (3)    Logic
PHIL 315    (3)    Roots of Western Thought

Senior Exercise:
PHIL 452    (3)    Senior Seminar

Choose at least one of the following courses:
PHIL 115    (3)    Fundamental Philosophical Questions
PHIL 129    (3)    Introduction to Political Philosophy

Choose at least two the following courses:
PHIL 303    (3)    War, Power, and Justice
PHIL 314    (3)    Philosophy and the American Republic
PHIL 331    (3)    Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy
PHIL 342    (3)    The Enlightenment and Its Critics

Choose 5 additional three-credit courses in philosophy or from the following:
CLAS 205    (3)    Ancient Greece
CLAS 219    (3)    Ancient Philosophers in Context
INTD 109     (3)    The Religion of Socrates
RELG 263   (3)    Asian Philosophies
RELG 302   (3)    The Comparative Philosophy of Religion



The Philosophy Minor
(18 semester hours)

Required:
PHIL 119    (3)    Logic

Choose at least one of the following courses:
PHIL 115    (3)    Fundamental Philosophical Questions
PHIL 129    (3)    Introduction to Political Philosophy

Choose at least two the following courses:
PHIL 303    (3)    War, Power, and Justice
PHIL 314    (3)    Philosophy and the American Republic
PHIL 315    (3)    Roots of Western Thought
PHIL 331    (3)    Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy
PHIL 342    (3)    The Enlightenment and Its Critics

Choose 2 additional three-credit courses in philosophy or from the following:
CLAS 205    (3)    Ancient Greece
CLAS 219    (3)    Ancient Philosophers in Context
INTD 109     (3)    The Religion of Socrates
RELG 263   (3)    Asian Philosophies
RELG 302   (3)    The Comparative Philosophy of Religion

  


Course Descriptions

PHIL 115

| Fundamental Philosophical Questions

PHIL 129

| Introduction to Political Philosophy

PHIL 209

| Philosophy and Literature

PHIL 231

| Philosophy of Science

PHIL 303

| War, Power, and Justice

PHIL 314

| Philosophy and the American Republic

PHIL 315

| The Roots of Western Thought

PHIL 331

| Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy

PHIL 342

| The Enlightenment and Its Critics

PHlL 119

| Logic

PHlL 224

| Ethics: Theories and Applications

PHlL 236

| Philosophy and the Arts

PHlL 244

| Special Topics in Philosophy

PHlL 261

| Directed Study

PHlL 305

| Special Topics in Philosophy

PHlL 361

| Special Study

PHlL 377

| Internship

PHlL 452

| Senior Seminar

PHlL 461

| Independent Study