Philosophy
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Other Concentrations

Philosophy and Law Concentration

The concentration in philosophy and law offers philosophy majors the opportunity to focus their study of philosophy in a way that helps prepare them for the study of the law.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Degree Requirements

Total credits: minimum 120

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Core Courses without Concentration

Logic  
PHIL 173 Logic and Critical Thinking 3
or PHIL 376 Symbolic Logic
History of Philosophy  
PHIL 301 History of Western Philosophy: Ancient 3
PHIL 303 History of Western Philosophy: Modern 3
Analytic Tradition  
Select one course from the following: 1 3
Philosophy of Religion 2  
Twentieth-Century Analytic Philosophy  
American Philosophy: Pragmatism  
Philosophy, Sex, and Gender 2  
Theories of Ethics  
Philosophy of Art 2  
Philosophy of the Social Sciences 2  
Ethics and Economics  
Philosophy of Natural Sciences  
Theory of Knowledge  
Philosophy of Mind  
Theories of Decision  
Continental Tradition  
Select one course from the following: 1 3
Philosophy of Religion (with departmental approval) 2  
Karl Marx's Social and Political Thought  
Nineteenth-Century Philosophy  
Twentieth-Century Continental Thought: Existentialism  
Twentieth-Century Continental Thought: Phenomenology  
Philosophy, Sex, and Gender 2  
Hermeneutic Philosophy  
Philosophy of Art  
Philosophy of the Social Sciences 2  
Ethics and Social and Political Philosophy  
Select one course from the following: 1 3
Business Ethics  
Bioethics (Mason Core)  
Philosophy of Law  
Classical Western Political Theory  
Modern Western Political Theory  
Karl Marx's Social and Political Thought  
Contemporary Western Political Theory  
Philosophy, Sex, and Gender  
Topics in Environmental Philosophy (Mason Core)  
Ethical Issues in Global Health  
Theories of Ethics  
Ethics and Economics  
Theories of Decision  
Total Credits 18
1

When the subject matter is appropriate and with the prior written approval of the undergraduate director, PHIL 391 Special Topics in Philosophy, PHIL 421 Seminar (Mason Core)PHIL 422 Honors Seminar (Mason Core), or PHIL 425 Independent Study may be used to fulfill this requirement.

2

Only with departmental approval.

Electives without Concentration

Select five or six electives from any philosophy courses including those listed above that are not used to meet another requirement. 1 15-18
Total Credits 15-18
1

If both the analytic or continental philosophy and the ethics and political philosophy requirements are met with the same course, the student will complete six elective courses.

Optional Concentrations

Students interested in a degree in philosophy with a concentration will complete the coursework for one of the concentrations below.

 
  • Concentration in Philosophy and Law (PHLW)
  • Concentration in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE)

Concentration in Philosophy and Law (PHLW)

The concentration in philosophy and law offers philosophy majors the opportunity to focus their study of philosophy in a way that prepares them for the study of the law.

In addition to the specific courses listed below, other relevant courses may be applied to the requirements for this concentration with prior written approval of the undergraduate director.

Logic  
PHIL 173 Logic and Critical Thinking 3
or PHIL 376 Symbolic Logic
History of Philosophy  
PHIL 301 History of Western Philosophy: Ancient 3
PHIL 303 History of Western Philosophy: Modern 3
Analytic Tradition  
Select one course from the following: 1 3
Philosophy of Religion 2  
Twentieth-Century Analytic Philosophy  
American Philosophy: Pragmatism  
Philosophy, Sex, and Gender 2  
Theories of Ethics  
Philosophy of Art 2  
Philosophy of the Social Sciences 2  
Ethics and Economics  
Philosophy of Natural Sciences  
Theory of Knowledge  
Philosophy of Mind  
Theories of Decision  
Continental Tradition  
Select one course from the following: 1 3
Philosophy of Religion 2  
Karl Marx's Social and Political Thought  
Nineteenth-Century Philosophy  
Twentieth-Century Continental Thought: Existentialism  
Twentieth-Century Continental Thought: Phenomenology  
Philosophy, Sex, and Gender 2  
Hermeneutic Philosophy  
Philosophy of Art  
Philosophy of the Social Sciences 2  
Philosophy and Law  
PHIL 311 Philosophy of Law 3
Select two courses from the following: 6
Classical Western Political Theory  
Modern Western Political Theory  
Contemporary Western Political Theory  
GOVT 428
Advanced Democratic Theory  
GOVT 448
Ethics and International Politics  
Electives in Philosophy  
Select three electives from any philosophy courses including those listed above that are not used to meet another requirement. 9
Total Credits 33
1

When the subject matter is appropriate and with the prior written approval of the undergraduate director, PHIL 391 Special Topics in Philosophy, PHIL 421 Seminar (Mason Core)PHIL 422 Honors Seminar (Mason Core), or PHIL 425 Independent Study may be used to fulfill this requirement.

2

Only with departmental approval.

Writing-Intensive Requirement

The university requires all students to complete at least one course designated "writing intensive" in their majors at the 300 level or above. All senior seminars (PHIL 421 Seminar (Mason Core), PHIL 422 Honors Seminar (Mason Core)) in philosophy are writing intensive. Philosophy majors should consult the undergraduate director for other courses that can be taken to fulfill this requirement.

Upper Level Requirement

Students seeking a bachelor’s degree must apply at least 45 credits of upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above) toward graduation requirements.

Mason Core

Note: Some Mason Core requirements may already be fulfilled by the major requirements listed above. Students are strongly encouraged to consult their advisors to ensure they fulfill all remaining Mason Core requirements.

Foundation Requirements  
Written Communication 6
Oral Communication 3
Quantitative Reasoning 3
Information Technology 3-7
Core Requirements  
Arts 3
Global Understanding 3
Literature 3
Natural Science 7
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Western Civilization/World History 3
Synthesis/Capstone Requirement 1  
Synthesis/Capstone 3
Total Credits 40
1

minimum 3 credits

Mason Core

Note: Some Mason Core requirements may already be fulfilled by the major requirements listed above. Students are strongly encouraged to consult their advisors to ensure they fulfill all remaining Mason Core requirements.

Foundation Requirements  
Written Communication 6
Oral Communication 3
Quantitative Reasoning 3
Information Technology 3-7
Core Requirements  
Arts 3
Global Understanding 3
Literature 3
Natural Science 7
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Western Civilization/World History 3
Synthesis/Capstone Requirement 1  
Synthesis/Capstone 3
Total Credits 40
1

minimum 3 credits

Addition Electives

Any remaining credits may be completed with electives to bring the degree total to 120.  
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