The goal of the philosophy program at Beloit College is to help our students develop the capacities for reflection, reason, judgment, and expression that lead to a meaningful and responsible life. We aim to meet this goal by engaging philosophical texts and arguments that help us to evaluate what we think and how we live.
Philosophy classes are opportunities for dialogue with each other, with philosophical traditions, and with other disciplines. Through both writing and discussion, students should expect to develop their capacity to raise important questions, to engage in respectful yet critical discourse with others, and to live significant, purposeful, and accountable lives.
Nine and one-half departmental units:
Logic: Philosophy 100.
Introduction to Philosophy: Philosophy 110 or 115.
History of Philosophy: Philosophy 200 or 205.
Ethical Theory: Philosophy 220.
Electives: 4 courses from among Philosophy 200, 205, 221, 224, 232, 234, 240, 241, 243, 250, 255, 260, 275, 280, 285, or 380.
Seminar: Philosophy 380.
Colloquium: Philosophy 385 (.5).
Majors are strongly advised to acquire intermediate level proficiency in a classical language or modern language chosen in consultation with the advisor. They are also encouraged to pursue an internship, study abroad, or other experiential learning opportunity.
Students will be invited to consider pursuing departmental honors if they meet the following criteria: a GPA of 3.7 or higher in philosophy courses; at least 8 philosophy units completed or in progress; exceptional work in upper division philosophy courses; and a demonstrated commitment to philosophical engagement.