Loyola University Maryland

Philosophy Department

The Major

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).