Major Transfer Guide for Philosophy

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

The Department Website provides information about major and minor options and requirements, the major declaration process, departmental advising contact information, and more. If you have specific questions about the major, you can contact the departmental advising office.

Recommendations from the Major Department

Courses to prepare for the major

There is no specific course that students are required to take to prepare for the Philosophy major. If you are considering a major in Philosophy you are encouraged to take a 1xxx-level (lower division) Philosophy course early in your college career to explore your interest. A lower division course can provide a broad introduction to philosophy or explore a specific area of study such as logic, ethics, political philosophy, philosophy and culture.

The Philosophy major does require a logic course and most students will take PHIL 1001, Introduction to Logic, to fulfill that requirement. This requirement can also be satisfied by an upper level course, PHIL 5201, Symbolic Logic I.  Make sure to check Transferology to see if the logic course offered at your college has been evaluated as equivalent to our  PHIL 1001. 

A grade of C- or better is required in all courses approved to satisfy major requirements.

See the catalog for all courses in the major.

Remember, when using Transferology to plan courses for the major, look for courses that transfer as direct equivalents to UMTC major courses.

Requirements to declare the major

In CLA, each department has a process to declare the major. This is a necessary step for the major to be added to the student record. New transfer students do not declare their majors until after they attend orientation. 

To declare a major in Philosophy, students must meet with the Philosophy departmental advisor in a scheduled declaration appointment.   

While there is no specific course that must be completed in order to declare the Philosophy major, it is recommended that students take a Philosophy course prior to declaring as a way to explore their interest. 

We recommend that you meet with the Philosophy departmental advisor during your first semester in CLA to discuss your interest and the declaration process. This meeting allows the departmental advisor to tell you about opportunities within the major and department, as well as help you plan your Philosophy coursework effectively and efficiently.

Limits on the use of transfer credits towards the major

Lower division coursework – A maximum of eight credits of 1xxx-level coursework can count towards the major requirements. 

Beginning logic courses must include predicate logic in order to be approved to satisfy the major’s logic requirement.  

Major residency requirement – The Philosophy Department requires at least 11 credits of coursework at the 3xxx-level or higher be completed with UMTC PHIL coursework.

Transfer courses are evaluated by the department for use towards the major. Check Transferology to see if an evaluation already exists for the courses you would like to use toward the major. If you find a course that has not been evaluated you can submit the course for review. A copy of the course syllabus is required. 

Additional information and recommendations

If you are planning to transfer to CLA for Philosophy and you are attending a community college or other two-year institution, keep in mind the major only allows up to eight credits of 1xxx-level coursework. The department recommends that you limit the number of 1xxx-level Philosophy courses that you take prior to transferring, and use your time at the community college to work on your second language coursework and other degree requirements. Be sure to talk with a CLA transfer advisor about any questions you have about completing the CLA Second Language requirement.

The Philosophy major offers an Ethics and Civic Life concentration. This concentration allows students interested in ethics and community service to relate their experiences in the classroom to their work in the community, and vice-versa. Students completing the concentration must take  three courses from a list of choices in moral and political philosophy, as well as complete a community service requirement. This track is optional for philosophy majors; those who complete it will receive acknowledgement on their transcripts of their accomplishments in this concentration.

PHIL 4326 (popularly known as Philosophy Camp) is offered every May Session. It is a residential program in rural Minnesota. Students live in intentional community, getting to know the land, their fellow residents, and themselves. Story circles, reflections, field experiences, opportunities for creative expression, and great conversations offer students tools to create their own philosophies for lives worth living. This course counts for elective credit within the PHIL major

Prospective students are encouraged to contact the Philosophy departmental advisor with any questions.