Philosophy Major

Philosophy majors must complete a minimum of ten philosophy courses. Courses fulfilling the period and area requirements are listed below.

Course Title Credits
Common Core Curriculum
PHIL 1000Philosophy of Human Nature 1
PHIL 3000Philosophical Ethics 2
Historical and Topical Courses 3
Option A:
One course in each of three of the four historical periods
One course in each of two of the four topical areas
Option B:
One course in each of two of the four historical periods
One course in each of three of the four topical areas
Elective courses
Three additional courses

For Fordham College at Rose Hill Honors Program students, HPRH 1103 Foundational Texts: Philosophy fulfills the Philosophy of Human Nature requirement.


For Fordham College at Rose Hill Honors Program students, HPRH 2202 Focused Study: Philosophy fulfills the Philosophical Ethics requirement. 


Any course with the PHIL subject code or PHIL attribute (including EP4, Interdisciplinary capstone courses, American Pluralism, and Global Studies) may fulfill the elective requirement. Graduate-level courses with the PHIL subject code may also count as electives, though special approval to register for such courses may be required.

All majors are strongly encouraged to acquire a broad background in the history of philosophy and to take at least one course in logic. Majors planning to do graduate work are advised to take Symbolic Logic.

To declare a major in philosophy, students should contact the associate chair on the relevant campus, who will also assign a faculty adviser to the student from within the department to assist with program planning.

Historical period courses

Courses are offered across four historical periods: (1) ancient; (2) medieval; (3) classical modern and 19th-century; and (4) contemporary, which is 20th- and 21st-century.

Ancient Philosophy courses

Courses in this group have the PHAN attribute.

Course Title Credits
GREK 3012Plato: Socratic Dialogues4
PHIL 3501Ancient Philosophy4
PHIL 3502Pre-Socratic Philosophy4
PHIL 3504Stoics and Skeptics4
PHIL 3520Philosophy of Aristotle4
PHIL 3522Aristotle's Ethics4
PHIL 3525Philosophy of Plato4
PHIL 3526Plato: The Unread Dialogues4
PHIL 3530Philosophy After Constantine4

Medieval Philosophy courses

Courses in this group have the PHMD attribute.

Course Title Credits
MVST 3552Medieval Philosophy4
MVST 3590Medieval Political Philosophy4
PHIL 3552Medieval Philosophy4
PHIL 3557Confessions of Augustine4
PHIL 3560Philosophy of Aquinas4
PHIL 3565Four Medieval Thinkers4
PHIL 3570Beauty in the Middle Ages4
PHIL 3591Medieval Political Philosophy4
PHIL 3910Shakespeare and Aquinas4

Classical Modern and 19th Century Philosophy courses

Courses in this group have the PHCM attribute.

Course Title Credits
PHIL 3600Descartes and the Rationalists4
PHIL 3601Modern Philosophy4
PHIL 3604Rationalists and Empiricists Epistemologies4
PHIL 3606Early Modern Philosophy: Self and World4
PHIL 3609Modernity and Its Critics4
PHIL 3610Ethics in the Enlightenment4
PHIL 3620Immanuel Kant4
PHIL 3622Kierkegaard4
PHIL 3623Marx as a Philosopher4
PHIL 3630Nietzsche4
PHIL 363119th Century Philosophy4
PHIL 3714Kant and Hegel4
PHIL 3715Kant on Morality and Religion4
PHIL 3716Hegel and His Successors4

Contemporary Philosophy courses

Courses in this group have the PHCO attribute. 

Course Title Credits
COLI 3652Contemporary French Philosophy4
PHIL 3643Heidegger: Being and Time4
PHIL 3652Contemporary French Philosophy4
PHIL 3653Latin American Philosophy4
PHIL 3661Husserl and Heidegger4
PHIL 3662Merleau-Ponty: Philosopher of the Body4
PHIL 3664Contemporary Thomism4
PHIL 3670Existentialism4
PHIL 3671Phenomenology and Existentialism4
PHIL 3672Continental Philosophy of Religion4
PHIL 3673Existentialism and Literature4
PHIL 3865Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School4
PHIL 3907Existentialist Feminism4

Topical Area courses

Courses are offered across four topical areas: metaphysics; knowledge and method; human nature; moral political, and social philosophy.

Metaphysics courses

Courses in this group have the PHME attribute.

Course Title Credits
PHIL 3238Idealism and Realism4
PHIL 3245Mind, Language, and World4
PHIL 3301Problem of God4
PHIL 3330Philosophy of Religion4
PHIL 3348Concepts and Reality4
PHIL 3350Problems in Metaphysics4
PHIL 3354Problem of Evil4
PHIL 3355Metaphysics4
PHIL 3360Contemporary Metaphysics4
PHIL 3667Philosophy of Space and Time4
PHIL 3753Philosophy of the Islamic World4

Knowledge and Method courses

Courses in this group have the PHKM attribute.

Course Title Credits
PHIL 3200Introduction to Logic4
PHIL 3204Symbolic Logic4
PHIL 3230How to Keep an Open Mind: Philosophical and Scientific Perspectives4
PHIL 3235Theories of Knowledge4
PHIL 3243Philosophy of Cognitive Science4
PHIL 3250Problems in Epistemology4
PHIL 3253Relativism and Philosophy4
PHIL 3254Philosophy of Perception4
PHIL 3257Skepticism4
PHIL 3258Relativism and Skepticism4
PHIL 3266Philosophy of Science4
PHIL 3267Feyerabend’s Philosophy of Science4
PHIL 3306Faith After the Death of God4
PHIL 3307Faith and Rationality4
PHIL 3655Philosophy and Language4
PHIL 3663Philosophies of Translation4
PHIL 3702Rights, Justice, and Global Governance4
PHIL 3850Hermeneutics4
PHIL 3947Philosophy of Imagination4

Meaning and Human Experience courses

Courses in this group have the PHHN attribute.

Course Title Credits
PHIL 3181Philosophy of Technology4
PHIL 3412Philosophy of Emotions4
PHIL 3422Harry Potter and Philosophy4
PHIL 3425Philosophy and the Jesuit Tradition4
PHIL 3559Dante and Philosophy4
PHIL 3672Continental Philosophy of Religion4
PHIL 3674Philosophy of the Novel4
PHIL 3725Philosophies of Race4
PHIL 3731Philosophy of the City4
PHIL 3901Philosophical Issues of Feminism4
PHIL 3903Philosophy and Feminist Theory4
PHIL 3905Philosophy of Disability4
PHIL 3906Emotions and the Good Life4
PHIL 3908Philosophy of Happiness4
PHIL 3920Evil Choices4
PHIL 3930Philosophy and Literature4
PHIL 3943Philosophy and Science Fiction 4
PHIL 3944Philosophy and Poetry4
PHIL 3945Philosophy and Art4
PHIL 3975Philosophy as a Way of Life4
PHIL 3977Love, Emotion, and Meaning4
PHIL 3978Philosophy and Digital Media4
PHIL 3979Philosophy and Media4

Moral, Political, and Social Philosophy courses

Courses in this group have the PHMP attribute.

Course Title Credits
MAND 3035Confucius and the Analects4
PHIL 3109Environmental Ethics4
PHIL 3125Hume's Ethics4
PHIL 3130Philosophy of Law4
PHIL 3131Philosophy of Economics4
PHIL 3140Market Failures, Public Goods, and Justice4
PHIL 3145Democracy and Constitutional Order: Classical American Philosophy4
PHIL 3195Political Libertarians and Critics4
PHIL 3310Issues in Philosophy of Law4
PHIL 3701Human Rights Theories: Foundations and History4
PHIL 3703The Notion of Human Dignity: Meaning and Justification4
PHIL 3710Healthcare Justice4
PHIL 3711Humanitarianism and Philosophy4
PHIL 3712Global Environment and Justice4
PHIL 3713Human Rights and Global Justice4
PHIL 3810Democratic Theory4
PHIL 3815Political Philosophy4
PHIL 3904Feminist Philosophy4
PHIL 3935Ethics and Mental Health4
PHIL 3940Neuroethics4
PHIL 3980Contemporary Issues in Metaethics4
PHIL 3981Ethics and the Internet4
PHIL 3990Environmental Worldviews and Ethics4
PHIL 4001Politics and Biopower4
PHIL 4044Modern Ethical Theories4


The major in philosophy is available at Fordham College at Rose Hill, Fordham College at Lincoln Center, and Fordham's School of Professional and Continuing Studies at Rose Hill and Lincoln Center.

Fordham College at Rose Hill students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the Core Curriculum.

Fordham College at Lincoln Center students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the Core Curriculum.

Professional and Continuing Studies students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the PCS Core Curriculum and any additional electives that may be required to earn a minimum of 124 credits.

CIP Code

38.0101 - Philosophy.

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