Department of Philosophy

MSC 03 2140
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
Humanities (HUM)
513

Phone: (505) 277-2405
Fax: (505) 277-6362

Major in Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy offers four Philosophy undergraduate major concentrations:

Note:  The requirements listed here are for those who declared their major after Fall 2011.  For those who declared during or before Fall 2011, please see the topic on the department’s FAQ page titled “I declared a major or minor in philosophy before or during Fall 2011”. 

Major in Philosophy

Major Study Requirements

31 hours distributed as follows:

  • 202 From Descartes to Kant (3 Credits)
  • 211 Greek Philosophy (3 Credits)
  • 352 Theory of Knowledge or 354 Metaphysics (3 Credits)
  • 356 Symbolic Logic (4 Credits)
  • 358 Ethical Theory (3 Credits)

Five electives, two of which must be at the 400-level. (Normally 100-level Philosophy courses will count only if taken prior to any 200 or higher-level course.)

Note: Only courses in which a student has received a C grade or better (not C-) will be accepted toward the major or minor.

To view the current Philosophy Majors student worksheet please click here.

For the College of Arts & Sciences and Philosophy Majors Undergraduate Admission Requirements, please refer to the UNM Catalog listing.

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Philosophy Major, Pre-Law Concentration

For students considering law school, and those who wish a philosophy major with a concentration in ethics, legal, and social philosophy.

30-31 hours distributed as follows:

  • 156 Reasoning and Critical Thinking (3 Credits) or
    356 Symbolic Logic (4 Credits)
  • 202 Modern Philosophy (3 Credits)
  • 211 Greek Philosophy (3 Credits)
  • 352 Theory of Knowledge (3 Credits)
  • 358 Ethical Theory (3 Credits)
  • 371 Classical Social and Political Philosophy or
    372 Modern Social and Political Philosophy
  • 381 Philosophy of Law and Morals (3 Credits)

Plus, 9 hours of Philosophy electives, 6 of which must be at the 300 level or above. (Normally 100 level Philosophy courses will only count if taken prior to any 200 level or higher courses.)

Outside the department, the following courses are recommended (though they do not count towards the major): Pol Sc 315 or 316 (Constitutional Law).

To view the current Pre-Law Philosophy Majors student worksheet please click here.

For the College of Arts & Sciences and Pre-Law Philosophy Concentration Undergraduate Admission Requirements, please refer to the UNM Catalog listing.

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English Philosophy Majors

 The minimum requirement is 45 hours, including:

  • 18 hours in English courses, 12 of which are to be numbered 300 or above. Recommended courses: 250, and 410.
  • 18 hours in Philosophy courses, 12 of which are to be numbered 300 or above. Recommended courses: 156 and at least one of 201 or 202, at least one of 352, 354, or 358.
  • 6 hours additional of English or Philosophy numbered 300 or above.
  • Eng-Ph 480.

To view the current English Philosophy Majors Student worksheet

For the College of Arts & Sciences and English-Philosophy Program Undergraduate Admission Requirements, please refer to the UNM Catalog listing.

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Interdisciplinary Majors

The Philosophy department participates fully in the following interdisciplinary programs which offer undergraduate minors and/or majors within the following departments and programs:

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