department of philosophy

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Majoring in Philosophy

Bachelor of Arts Degree


Majoring in philosophy is a challenging and enriching endeavor. Nationally, philosophy majors score the highest mean scores on the GRE Verbal sections. Philosophy majors are the only group to average five percent or more above the mean on the LSAT, GMAT, and GRE Verbal and Quantitative exams. This means philosophy provides an excellent foundation for critical thinking skills to help you succeed in a range of career options. And at URI, Philosophy is a major where you’ll have the latitude to choose courses that appeal to you, and take most of them in a flexible order, yet it still covers all of the traditional areas that a strong major should include.


See Curriculum Sheets for the B.A. in Philosophy  |  See Course Descriptions

Philosophy majors must complete no less than 33 credits (maximum 45 credits) in philosophy. Program Requirements include: PHL 205; at least one of PHL 101 or 451 (logic); at least one of PHL 212, 314 (ethics); at least one of PHL 341, 342, 452 (metaphysics, epistemology and science); both PHL 321 and 323 (history); at least one of PHL 204, 318, 324, 346 (European philosophy); and PHL 490 (senior seminar).

The remaining nine credits may be chosen freely from the list of PHL courses offered by the department. At least 18 credits of course work used to satisfy major requirements must be at the 300 level or above.

Declaring a Philosophy Major
Most students discover and declare a Philosophy major after their arrival at URI. If you are still in University College, you can declare your major early by using the UC Change of Major form (PDF)

If you have another major and are already part of a degree granting college, use the College of Arts and Sciences Declaration of Major form.

Before graduation, you will be required to download and fill out an Intent to Graduate/File for Degree form.

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