About the Program
What is there, what do we know, and how are we to live? Philosophy is the systematic investigation of perennial human questions about the nature of reality, the limits of knowledge, and the foundations of value.
Courses in philosophy develop a variety of skills that contribute to professional success, engaged citizenship, and a well-rounded life. These include analytical thinking, abstract reasoning, and creative problem-solving, abilities useful in every career. Philosophy also fosters the ability to build and critique an argument (a skill valued highly by law schools); clarity in written and oral communication; and increased awareness of diverse solutions to social, political, and ethical problems. If you want to learn how to think rather than what to think, philosophy is the field of study for you!
- 120 Credit Hours
- Minimum grade of C required for ENGL 10400, and all Foreign Language and Philosophy courses
- Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for graduation
- Certain courses may only be available at one campus location
PNW General Education Core (30 Credits Minimum)
CHESS College Core (24 Credits)
Major Core (30 Credits)
- Introductory Philosophy Course (3 Credits) - choose one:
- Logic Course (3 Credits) - choose one:
- Ethics Course (6 Credits) - choose two:
- Metaphysics/Epistemology (6 Credits) - choose two:
- History of Philosophy (6 Credits) - choose two:
- Philosophy Elective/Advanced Topics in Philosophy (6 Credits)
Other Required Courses (36 Credits)
- One Math, Statistics, Science, or Computer Course (3 Credits) - any MA (except MA 11500), STAT, SCI, or CIS Course
- One course from the Experiential Learning Course List (3 Credits)
- Free Electives (30 Credits)
Civics Literacy Proficiency
The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue Northwest students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry.
Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:
- Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
- Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
- Earning a passing grade for one of the approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course)
For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.
Total 120 Credits Required
Minimum Grade and Grade Point Average (GPA): Minimum grade of C required for ENGL 10400, and all Foreign Language and Philosophy courses; 2.0 GPA
Experiential Learning (EL): One EL course required. EL courses are noted by (e) next to the course title.
General Education Core: General Education notations can be found within the course description. Please click on a course to see if it meets a Gen Ed requirement.
Milestone Courses noted by (m) next to the course title have been identified as being critical to your success in this field of study.
Please see the Additional Information and Guidelines section below for more information.
Semester 4 (15 Credits)
- CHSS 20000 - Topics In Knowledge (See Note 4)
- CIS 20400 - Introduction To Computer-Based Systems
- Ethics -Select one (1) from PHIL 11100 , PHIL 29300 , PHIL 32400 , PHIL 32500 , or PHIL 49000
- Metaphysics/Epistemology - select one (1) from PHIL 20600 , PHIL 21900 , PHIL 22100 , PHIL 23000 , PHIL 23100 , PHIL 29300 , or PHIL 49000
- Modern Language Level IV (See Note 1)
Semester 5 (15 Credits)
- CHSS 30000 - Topics In Individual & Society (See Note 4)
- PSY 12000 - Elementary Psychology
- Ethics - select one (1) from PHIL 11100 , PHIL 29300 , PHIL 32400 , PHIL 32500 or PHIL 49000
- Math, Statistics, Science, or Computer Course (See Note 2)
- Metaphysics/Epistemology - select one (1) from PHIL 20600 , PHIL 21900 , PHIL 22100 , PHIL 23000 , PHIL 23100 , PHIL 29300 or PHIL 49000
Additional Information and Guidelines
Note 1: World Languages – Must complete 4 semesters of the same world language. Level I Course: Choose from: SPAN 10100 or FR 10100; Level II Course: Choose from: SPAN 10200 or FR 10200; Level III Course: Choose from: SPAN 20100 or FR 20100; Level IV Course: Choose from: SPAN 20200 or FR 20200.
Note 2: Additional Math, Statistics, Science or Computer Course - Choose any MA (except MA 11500), STAT, SCI, or CIS course.
Note 3: Philosophy Elective / Advanced Topics in Philosophy - Students must take at least two 400-level philosophy courses (preferably in semesters 6, 7 or 8). If a PHIL 49000 course is used to satisfy a philosophy major requirement in Logic, Ethics, Metaphysics/Epistemology, or History of Philosophy, then an additional 400-level philosophy class must be taken as a philosophy elective/advanced topics course. However, PHIL 49000 may be taken twice to complete this requirement.
Note 4: All four CHESS Core seminar courses, CHSS 10000, CHSS 20000, CHSS 30000, and CHSS 40000, must be taken. Duplicates are not allowed.
Note 5: One free elective must be an EXL course.