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8.23 Department of Philosophy
Head: (Acting Head) Rhonda Martens
Campus Address/General Office: 453 University College
Telephone: 204 474 6878
Email Address: 

dinotor@cc.umanitoba.ca

Website: 

umanitoba.ca/philosophy

8.23.1 Program Information

Philosophy is composed of several areas of study: these include logic, metaphysics, ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of science, philosophy of language, and aesthetics. Philosophers use the tools of rigorous logic and clear conceptual analysis. Their goal is to understand things such as the nature of reason, the physical universe, right and wrong, the human mind, and sometimes even the meaning of life. There are good arguments and bad arguments. Training in philosophy will help the student not only consider these important questions but also to improve his or her clarity of expression and ability to think critically.

For entry, continuation and graduation requirements for the General Degree, Advanced Degree and Honours Degree, see Section 3: Basic Faculty Regulations for the B.A. General, Advanced and Honours Degree Programs.

Major Program

For entry to the Major, the prerequisite is a grade of “C” or better in six credit hours in Philosophy. For students who have taken additional courses toward the Major, then a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 is required on all courses including the higher grade of repeated courses and excluding failed courses.

A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 in all courses that comprise the Major is required to graduate including the higher grade of repeated courses and excluding failed courses.

The General Major may consist entirely of courses numbered beyond the 1000 level.

Minor (Concentration) Program

For entry to the Minor (Concentration), the prerequisite is a grade of “C” or better in six credit hours in Philosophy.

The Minor (Concentration) may consist entirely of courses numbered beyond the 1000 level.

Honours Program

For entry to the Honours program, see Section 3: Basic Faculty Regulations for the B.A. General, Advanced and Honours Degree Programs.

8.23.2 Philosophy

YEAR 1

YEAR 2

YEAR 3

YEAR 4

GENERAL MAJOR1 TOTAL: 30 CREDIT HOURS

6 credit hours in Philosophy courses numbered at the 1000 level

 • 6 credit hours of History of Philosophy courses

 • an additional 18 credit hours in Philosophy courses

 

SINGLE ADVANCED MAJOR1 TOTAL: 48 CREDIT HOURS

48 credit hours in Philosophy satisfying the following requirements:

• at least 6 credit hours from PHIL 1200 or PHIL 1320

• at least 12 credit hours from History of Philosophy courses

• at least 6 credit hours from PHIL 2430 or PHIL 2760

• at least 12 credit hours from Philosophy courses numbered at the 3000 level and above. (Students must obtain written permission of the department head to take honours courses)

MINOR (CONCENTRATION)1 TOTAL 18 CREDIT HOURS

6 credit hours in Philosophy

12 credit hours in Philosophy courses

 

 

SINGLE HONOURS1, 2, 6

6 credit hours in Philosophy courses numbered at the 1000 level

PHIL 24303

PHIL 2760

• 6 credit hours from PHIL 2612, PHIL 2614, PHIL 2630, PHIL 2640, PHIL 2650, PHIL 2660, PHIL 2780, PHIL 2790, PHIL 3580

• 12 credit hours of ancillary options4

• 9 credit hours in Honours Philosophy courses

• 3 credit hours from PHIL 2612, PHIL 2614, PHIL 2630, PHIL 2640, PHIL 2650, PHIL 2660, PHIL 2780, PHIL 2790, PHIL 3580

• an additional 3 credit hours from History of Philosophy courses

• 3 credit hours in Honours Philosophy courses or History of Philosophy courses

• 6 credit hours of ancillary options4

• 6 credit hours of free options5

• 12 credit hours in Honours Philosophy courses

• 6 credit hours in Philosophy courses numbered at the 2000 level and above

• 6 credit hours of ancillary options4

• 6 credit hours of free options5

DOUBLE HONOURS1, 2, 6

6 credit hours in Philosophy courses numbered at the 1000 level

• 6 credit hours from History of Philosophy courses

PHIL 2430 or PHIL 2760

• 18 credit hours of ancillary options4

• 6 credit hours in Honours Philosophy courses

• 3 credit hours from PHIL 2612, PHIL 2614, PHIL 2630, PHIL 2640, PHIL 2650, PHIL 2660, PHIL 2780, PHIL 2790, PHIL 3580

• an additional 3 credit hours from History of Philosophy courses

• 12 credit hours of ancillary options4

• 6 credit hours of free options5

• 6 credit hours in Honours Philosophy courses

• 6 credit hours in Philosophy courses numbered at the 2000 level and above

• 12 credit hours of ancillary options4

• 6 credit hours of free options5

NOTES:

1 At most 12 credit hours in Philosophy numbered at the 1000 level may count towards any degree program. In addition, no student may hold credit in both PHIL 1200 and the former PHIL 1510.

2 Courses listed may be taken in years other than the ones specified; however, the total set of courses taken must conform to these requirements in other respects.

3 Students who took the former PHIL 1330 in their first year will substitute six other credit hours in Philosophy for PHIL 2430 in Year 2.

4 Ancillary options are to  be chosen from courses that are acceptable for credit in the Faculty of Arts (excluding Philosophy courses).

5 Free options are to  be chosen from courses that are acceptable for credit in the Faculty of Arts (including Philosophy courses).

6 Honours courses: PHIL 3430, PHIL 3440, PHIL 3580, PHIL 3630, PHIL 3640, PHIL 3650, PHIL 3760, PHIL 3770 and all 4000 level courses.

 

History of Philosophy

 

Course

Credit Hours

PHIL 1510*

Historical Introduction to Philosophy

6

PHIL 2300

Political Philosophy

6

PHIL 2610*

The History and Philosophy of Science

6

PHIL 2612

A Philosophical History of Science

3

PHIL 2630

Continental Rationalism

3

PHIL 2640

British Empiricism

3

PHIL 2650

Plato

3

PHIL 2660

Aristotle

3

PHIL 2710

Twentieth-Century European Philosophy: Existentialism

3

PHIL 2720*

Twentieth-Century European Philosophy: Phenomenology

3

PHIL 2780

Thomas Aquinas

3

PHIL 2790

Moral Philosophy

6

PHIL 2820*

Existentialism

6

PHIL 3580

Kant

3

PHIL 3690*

The Rise of Analytic Philosophy

3

* indicates course no longer offered

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