Philosophy, Concentration

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Major

The Core Curriculum is designed to foster critical thinking skills and introduce students to basic domains of thinking that transcend disciplines. The Core applies to all majors. Information on specific classes in the Core can be found at https://www.marshall.edu/gened/.

Core Curriculum
Core 1: Critical Thinking
FYS 100First Yr Sem Critical Thinking3
MTH 121 Bison image Concepts and Applications (CT)3
Critical Thinking Course3
Core 2
ENG 101 Bison image Beginning Composition3
ENG 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image Advanced Composition3
CMM 103 Bison image Fund Speech-Communication3
MTH 121 Bison image Concepts and Applications (CT)3
Core II Natural/Physical Science4
Core II Humanities: PHL Intro course3
Core II Social Science3
Core II Fine Arts3
Additional University Requirements
Writing Intensive3
Writing Intensive3
Multicultural or International3
Capstone (400-level Interdisciplinary Major Elective)3
College-Specific
Foreign Language 1013
Foreign Language 1023
Foreign Language 2033
Foreign Language 2043
300/400 COLA Literature3
COLA Literature3
300/400 COLA Humanities3
300/400 COLA Social Science3
COLA Social Science3
COLA Social Science3
COLA Natural/Physical Science4
300/400 COLA International3
300/400 COLA Multicultural3
Major-Speicfic
PHL Introductory Course
Any 200 or 300 level course, except: PHL 302, PHL 3043
CL Introductory Course
Any 200-level course except: CL 2003
RST Introductory Course
Select one of the following:3
Religious Trads of West
Religious Traditions Asia
The Nature of Religion
Major Contract Courses
300/400 Major Contract Course3
300/400 Major Contract Course3
300/400 Major Contract Course3
300/400 Major Contract Course3
300/400 Major Contract Course3
Electives
300/400 Interdisciplinary Major Elective3
300/400 Interdisciplinary Major Elective3
400 Interdisciplinary Major Elective (Capstone)3
300/400 Free Elective3
300/400 Free Elective3
300/400 Free Elective3

Major Information

  • The total number of free electives will depend on the amount of double and triple counting of requirements.
  • See course attributes each semester for courses that meet multiple requirements.
  • Questions about requirements should be directed to the College of Liberal Arts (304-696-2350). Core II and COLA requirements may not be double counted.
  • Forty-eight credit hours (sixteen 3-hour courses) must be at the 300/400 level.
  • Students must earn a C or better inENG 201 Advanced Composition and all foreign language courses.
  • Minimum of 120 hours to graduate, with at least 48 hours at the 300/400 level.

The program consists of 33 hours of coursework in three parts:

  • Three courses introducing the specific goals and methods of the three disciplines (9 hours). These courses place special emphasis on the particular discipline’s approaches to knowledge, critical thought, skills of expression, and human development. Students must choose from those listed, one for each discipline.
  • Department-Approved Courses (15 hours) to be chosen by the student, usually with the advice of a committee of faculty members. Each major may select a small advisory committee to assist with course selection, advising, and long-range planning.
  • Three interdisciplinary, team-taught courses (9 hours), in any combination of levels, but including at least one at the 400 level as the senior capstone experience.

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Four Year Plan

The Humanities major offers concentrations in Classics, Philosophy, and Religious Studies (CL/PHL/RST). This major is unique in two ways: Students may choose coursework equivalent to a major in a single department or create a broader curriculum of their choice from various humanities courses, and our program also has a strong interdisciplinary side. The goal of the program is to help us deepen our understanding of ourselves and our culture by exploring the way human beings find meaning in their experience. We explore these ways by studying both our own individual insights and the artistic, philosophical and religious works that have expressed and shaped human experience.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
CMM 103 Bison image Fund Speech-Communication 3
ENG 101 Bison image Beginning Composition 3
FYS 100 First Yr Sem Critical Thinking 3
Core II Social Science 3
Core II Fine Arts 3
UNI 100 Freshman First Class 1
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
ENG 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image Advanced Composition 3
Multicultural/International 3
Critical Thinking 3
MTH 121 Bison image Concepts and Applications (CT) 3
Core II Humanities: PHL Intro Course 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Year
First Semester
Core II Physical/Natural Science 4
300/400 COLA International 3
Foreign Language 101 3
CL Introductory Course 3
COLA Social Science 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
Writing Intensive 3
Foreign Language 102 3
COLA Social Science 3
300/400 COLA Humanities 3
RST Introductory Course 3
 Credit Hours15
Third Year
First Semester
300/400 Interdisciplinary Major Elective 3
COLA Physical/Natural Science 4
300/400 Free Elective 3
300/400 COLA Multicultural 3
Foreign Language 203 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
Writing Intensive 3
300/400 Major Contract Course 3
Foreign Language 204 3
300/400 COLA Social Science 3
300/400 Major Contract Course 3
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
First Semester
400 Interdisciplinary Major Elective (capstone) 3
300/400 COLA Literature 3
300/400 Major Contract Course 3
300/400 Free Elective 3
300/400 Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
300/400 Major Contract Course 3
300/400 Major Contract Course 3
300/400 Interdisciplinary Major Elective 3
COLA Literature 3
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours120