Philosophy Honors

The Honors College curriculum requires the completion of 24 credits of honors coursework. For philosophy students, this includes a minimum of five credits of HONR coursework and the completion of a thesis/capstone project.

Any philosophy course can be taken in honors format through the use of an honors contract, but the following courses are regularly offered in honors versions:

  • PHIL 11000 Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 11100 Ethics
  • PHIL 24000 Social and Political Philosophy
  • PHIL 26000 Philosophy and Law
  • PHIL 28000 Ethics and Animals
  • PHIL 30100 History of Ancient Philosophy
  • PHIL 30300 History of Modern Philosophy

For the capstone project students develop a paper previously written in an upper division philosophy course.  This development occurs under the direction of the same instructor as the earlier course, but as part of a PHIL 59000 Directed Readings in Philosophy course.  The 59000 course counts as three credits towards the 24 honors credits required.

 Qualified Philosophy Majors are encouraged to apply for the Honors College.  To apply:

  • Min GPA of 3.5
  • Min four semesters remaining
  • Ability to integrate Honors College curriculum into plan of study

Applications due on second Friday of each term

Any student interested in learning more about honors in philosophy should contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies (Christopher Yeomans) at

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