Loyola University Maryland

Philosophy Department

The Major

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Bachelor of Arts

Requirements for a major and an example of a typical program of courses are as follows:

Freshman Year

Fall Term

    PL201 Foundations of Philosophy*
    WR100 Effective Writing**
    Language Core
    Math/Science Core
    Social Science Core

Spring Term

    HS101 Europe and the World Since 1500**
    PL200-Level Philosophical Perspectives Course*
    Language Core or
    Elective
    Math/Science Core
    Social Science Core

Sophomore Year

Fall Term

    EN101 Understanding Literature
    TH201 Introduction to Theology*/** or
    Elective
    Fine Arts Core
    Math/Science Core**
    Philosophy Elective*

Spring Term

    English Core
    History Core**
    Theology Core** or
    Elective
    Philosophy Elective*
    Philosophy Elective*

Junior Year

Fall Term

    TH201 Introduction to Theology*/** or
    Elective
    Ethics Core**
    Philosophy Elective*
    Nondepartmental Elective
    Elective

Spring Term

    Theology Core** or
    Elective
    Philosophy Elective*
    Philosophy Elective*
    Elective

Senior Year

Fall Term

    Philosophy Elective*
    Philosophy Elective*
    Nondepartmental Elective
    Elective
    Elective

Spring Term

    Philosophy Elective*
    Philosophy Elective*
    Nondepartmental Elective
    Elective
    Elective

* Required for major.

** Terms may be interchanged.

  1. Philosophy Core Requirements: All students must take the PL200-level core sequence which consists ofPL201 and a second 200-level philosophical perspectives course or the honors equivalent.
  2. PL201 is a prerequisite for all other philosophy courses. Two PL200-level courses are required for all 300- and 400-level courses.
  3. Ethics Core Requirements: Each student must take one course in ethics. This course may be elected from those offered by the Philosophy Department (PL300-319) or from the courses in Christian ethics offered by the Theology Department (TH300-319).
  4. Major Requirements: In addition to PL201, one other PL200-level offering, and 10 PL300- or 400-level courses must be taken. One course may be the ethics core requirement, provided this course is chosen from PL300-319.
  5. PL202-250 may be taken as free electives. They do not count toward a philosophy major or minor.
  6. Students must complete the diversity core requirement through a designated diversity core, major, or elective course (see Diversity Core Requirement under Curriculum and Policies).