The Philosophy Major

The philosophy major at UNF is designed to appeal to students with diverse needs and interests:

  • Philosophy Class2Students who plan to pursue philosophy at the graduate level.
  • Those who desire philosophical training to pursue other careers (e.g., communications, law, psychology, theology, government) and, above all, those who simply wish to obtain a solid liberal arts education.
  • The basic purpose of the undergraduate major in philosophy at UNF is "to introduce interested students to philosophy in ways that will serve them well -- both professionally and personally -- whatever they may go on to after graduation" (from The Philosophy Major, a statement prepared by the American Philosophical Association).
  • View the My Osprey Map [Course Sequence Guides]  to keep on track for graduation. Osprey Maps should be used in consultation with an academic advisor after admission to UNF.


Majors take 30 semester hours of course work.  Students are under no obligation to select a particular track; those who make no selection will automatically be assigned to Track 1. Students in any track must still complete all courses required for the major.


Track 1:  General Philosophical Studies

Students in this track are free to select their 15 elective hours (five courses) from any courses offered by the program; they are encouraged, however, to include in their program of study courses identified by the different philosophy prefixes--PHH, PHI, PHM, and PHP.


Track 2:  Advanced Studies

This track is available for students planning graduate study in philosophy. Students choose five courses from the following:


Track 3:  Literary and Cultural Studies

This track is available for artists, writers, and performers interested in the theoretical foundations of their work; for prospective teachers of literature and the arts; and for students planning graduate work in literary theory or cultural studies.


Track 4: Legal, Political, and Social Studies

This track is available for students planning careers in public affairs, law, management, international relations or for those planning graduate work in social or political theory.


Track 5: Studies in Applied Ethics

This track is available for pre-professional students who wish to develop a comparative understanding of value issues across professions or are planning graduate work in theoretical or applied ethics.


Track 6: Historical and Comparative Studies

This track is available for students interested in exploring the range and diversity of philosophical themes as developed over time and across cultures.