University Requirements:

  • 24 credits in Integrative Studies
  • Mathematics course
  • Tier I writing requirement (4 credits)
  • Tier II writing requirement, must be satisfied by completing PHL 492 or 499
  • Total of at least 120 credits

College of Arts & Letters Requirements:

  • 30 credits at the 300-400 level among the 120 credits required for graduation
  • Two cognate areas, satisfied one of three ways:
    • Another major (counts for both cognates)
    • A minor (counts for both cognates)
    • Two 12 credit cognates
  • Capstone requirement (PHL 492).
  • Second year competency in a foreign language

Department Requirements:

  • A total of at least 36 PHL credits, including:
  • At least three courses at the 400 level (in addition to PHL 492)
  • The senior seminar PHL 492 (offered Spring Semester only)
  • History of Philosophy: PHL 210 and PHL 211
  • one of the following courses in Logic:
    • PHL 130 – Logic and Reasoning
    • PHL 330 – Formal Logic
    • PHL 432 – Logic and its Metatheory
  • one of the following courses in Value Theory:
    • PHL 340 – Ethics
    • PHL 350 – Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy
  • one of the following courses in Epistemology and Metaphysics:
    • PHL 418 – Seminar in 20th Century Philosophy
    • PHL 460 – Epistemology
    • PHL 461 – Metaphysics
    • PHL 462 – Philosophy of Mind
    • PHL 480 – Philosophy of Science

NoteAll philosophy majors, whether primary, additional, or secondary (dual-degree), are required to satisfy the College of Arts and Letters Requirements.  Additional and dual-degree majors are considered to satisfy both cognate requirements by means of their non-philosophy major.  The most important requirement to plan for is the foreign language competency requirement. 

Contact Director of Undergraduate Programs David Godden (dgodden@msu.edu) or Academic Advisor Amy Lampe (lampeamy@msu.edu) for more information.