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2017-2018 Scripps Catalog

Philosophy Major


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Requirements for the Major


A major in philosophy requires a minimum of 10 courses. The course requirements and examples of courses that satisfy those requirements are as follows. (Course numbers may differ amongst the Claremont Colleges philosophy department offerings.)

Note: If there is very significant subject area overlap between two classes, e.g. two classes both focus on topics in philosophy of mind, only one class can count towards this requirement.

  • Two additional courses
  • Senior seminar
  • Senior thesis

*Equivalent courses offered at the Claremont Colleges may satisfy this requirement. Confer with your major adviser to identify appropriate courses.

Honors Requirements


A student who wishes to pursue honors in philosophy must apply in writing to the department by the end of junior year, specifying the intended courses used to fulfill the following requirements:

  • Two additional philosophy classes;
  • A GPA of 11.0 (A-) or higher within the major;
  • A grade of at least A- on the senior thesis; and
  • An oral defense of the senior thesis.

Philosophy Major - Bioethics Track


What is Bioethics?

"In virtue of being embodied creatures, and the specific kind of biological creatures we are, we face particular kinds of moral challenges: we are vulnerable to disease, we give birth, we die. All of these facets of the embodied human experience generate ethical questions, and the attempt to grapple with these questions is what we call bioethics."
-Maggie Little, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown.

Bioethics Track - Requirements for the Major

A major in the bioethics track of philosophy requires a minimum of 11 courses:

*Equivalent courses offered at the Claremont Colleges may satisfy this requirement. Confer with your major adviser to identify appropriate courses.

Honors Requirements (Bioethics track):

  • One additional bioethics elective
  • A GPA of 11.0 (A-) or higher within the major
  • A grade of at least A- on the senior thesis
  • An oral defense of the senior thesis

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