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Major Requirements

As a Philosophy major, you’ll sharpen your communication and critical thinking skills while diving into life’s most persistent questions. 

In addition to the general Philosophy major, you may also concentrate in Ethics and Political Philosophy. Your exposure to a range of concepts and academic skills will prepare you for a career in law, medicine, business, or education.

Meet Your Major

In the Philosophy program, you will:

  • Learn how to think logically, critically, and independently
  • Improve your ability to communicate ideas and arguments clearly and effectively
  • Review many ideas pioneered by the most influential philosophers of the last 2,500 years
  • Discover ancient and modern theories of the nature of reality, knowledge, ethics, and politics
  • Gain the problem-solving and analytical skills to thrive in whichever career you choose

Hands-On Learning

Contemplate with your contemporaries in the Philosophy Club, Merrimack’s home for philosophical discussions, debates, and film events. Plus, if you maintain a GPA of 3.5 in all philosophy courses (and a 3.0 overall), you may be eligible to join Phi Sigma Tau, the prestigious philosophy international honor society.

Career Options

Upon successful completion of the Philosophy program, you’ll be well equipped to pursue a variety of careers in business, government, or academia. Positions may include:

  • Doctor
  • Historian
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Political Advisor
  • Professor
  • Teacher

What You’ll Take

All Philosophy majors take a combination of required and elective courses to satisfy the 34-credit and minimum-of-9-course requirement. You may elect to take the general Philosophy track or concentrate in Ethics and Political Philosophy.

General Track

PHL 1000 Introduction to Philosophy
Two courses in:    Moral and/or Political Philosophy
Two courses in: History of Philosophy
One course in: Metaphysics
One course in: Epistemology
Two: Philosophy electives

Ethics and Political Philosophy

PHL 1000 Introduction to Philosophy
PHL 2080 Approaches to Ethics 
PHL 2040 Introduction to Political Philosophy 
One course in: History of Philosophy
One course in: Metaphysics or Epistemology
One elective in: any 3000-4000 level Philosophy course
Select three:                    
  • PHL 2100: Women, Ethics & Society
  • PHL 2020: Perspectives on the Good Life
  • PHL 2030: Contemp. Moral Problems
  • PHL 2050: Ethics in the Professions
  • PHL 2060: Biomedical Ethics
  • PHL 2070: Environmental Ethics
  • PHL 2090: Values in a Tech Culture
  • PHL 2310: Plato & Quest for Intellectual Vision
  • PHL 2500: Theories of Justice
  • PHL 3010: Human Rights: Theory & Practice
  • PHL 3020: Philosophy of Law
  • PHL 3030: Global Justice
  • PHL 3180: Existentialism
  • PHL 3190: American Philosophy


More Info 

Arthur Ledoux

Professor and Chair, Philosophy