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(updated 4/21/2013)
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(updated 1/28/2013)
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updated 1/28/2013)

This form shows an Overview of the Philosophy program requirements
(updated 4/21/2013).

This document contains some General information on Honours Theses in the Department of Philosophy.

See also Some important, but often forgotten Faculty of Arts regulations.

For the official McGill regulations, click here.

 


Honours

60 credits in philosophy, to include:

  • 210, or equivalent, and one of: 306, 310, 370, 410, 411, 415, 419, 421, 470
  • 301
  • 334, and one of: 230, 237, 240, 241, 242
  • two of: 345, 350, 353, 354, 355, 452, 453, 454
  • two of: 360, 361, 366, 367, 444, 445
  • one of: 375, 474, 475
  • 12 credits from 400-500 level courses (not including the honours tutorial), at least 3 credits of which must be at the 500-level
  • 6 credits of Honours tutorial with thesis (499D)
    See here for some general information on Honours Theses in the Department of Philosophy.

Honours students must maintain a 3.0 CGPA and have a 3.0 GPA in Philosophy courses.
Students may count a maximum of 12 credits of 200-level courses (not including 210) towards the completion of a Philosophy program. Students may not count both 200 and 201 towards the completion of a Philosophy program.

 


Joint Honours

36 credits in philosophy, to include:

  • 210, or equivalent, and one of: 306, 310, 370, 410, 411, 415, 419, 421, 470
  • 301
  • 334, and one of: 230, 237, 240, 241, 242
  • two of: 345, 350, 353, 354, 355, 452, 453, 454; OR
  • two of: 360, 361, 366, 367, 444, 445
  • one of: 375, 474, 475
  • 9 credits of 400-500 level courses(not including the honours tutorial), at least 3 credits of which must be at the 500-level
  • 3 credits of Honours tutorial with thesis, which can take either of two forms: a 6 credit interdisciplinary thesis, or a 3-credit thesis in Philosophy(PHIL 498).
    See here for some general information on Honours Theses in the Department of Philosophy.

Joint Honours students must maintain a 3.0 CGPA and have a 3.0 GPA in Philosophy courses.
Students may count a maximum of 12 credits of 200-level courses (not including 107-210) towards the completion of a Philosophy program. Students may not count both 107-200 and 107-201 towards the completion of a Philosophy program.

 


Major Concentration

(36 credits)

Required Course (3 credits)
PHIL 210 Intro to Deductive Logic 1

Complementary Courses (33 credits)

33 credits, of which no more than 9 may be at the 200-level, and at least 9 must be at the 400 or 500 level, distributed as follows:

6 credits, one course from each of Groups A and B:

Group A

PHIL 304 Chomsky
PHIL 306 Philosophy of Mind
PHIL 310 Intermediate Logic
PHIL 311 Philosophy of Mathematics
PHIL 341 Philosophy of Science 1
PHIL 370 Problems in Analytic Phil
PHIL 410 Advanced Topics in Logic 1
PHIL 411 Topics in Phil of Logic & Math
PHIL 415 Philosophy of Language
PHIL 419 Epistemology
PHIL 421 Metaphysics
PHIL 441 Philosophy of Science 2
PHIL 470 Topics in Contem Analytic Phil

Group B

PHIL 375 Existentialism
PHIL 474 Phenomenology
PHIL 475 Topics in Contem European Phil

6 credits, two courses from Group C OR two from Group D:

Group C

PHIL 344 Medieval&Renaissance Pol Theo
PHIL 345 Greek Political Theory
PHIL 350 Hist & Phil of Ancient Sci
PHIL 353 The Presocratic Philosophers
PHIL 354 Plato
PHIL 355 Aristotle
PHIL 356 Early Medieval Philosophy
PHIL 357 Late Medieval&Renaissance Phil
PHIL 452 Later Greek Philosophy
PHIL 453 Ancient Metaphys&Naturl Phil
PHIL 454 Ancient Moral Theory

Group D

PHIL 360 17th Century Philosophy
PHIL 361 18th Century Philosophy
PHIL 366 18th&Early 19th C German Phil
PHIL 367 19th Century Philosophy
PHIL 444 Early Modern Political Theory
PHIL 445 19th Century Political Theory

6 credits, one course from each of Groups E and F:

Group E

PHIL 230 Intro to Moral Philosophy 1
PHIL 240 Political Philosophy 1
PHIL 237 Contemporary Moral Issues
PHIL 242 Intro to Feminist Theory

Group F

PHIL 334 Ethical Theory
PHIL 343 Biomedical Ethics
PHIL 348 Philosophy of Law 1
PHIL 434 Metaethics
PHIL 442 Topics in Feminist Theory

15 additional credits from the lists above or from other Philosophy courses. Only one of PHIL 200 Intro to Philosophy 1 and PHIL 201 Intro to Philosophy 2 can be included in the programs.

 


Minor Concentration

(18 credits)

Complementary Courses (18 credits)
15 credits from Groups A - E, with one course from at least four of the five groups. In total, no more than 9 credits may be at the 200-level, and at least 3 credits must be at the 400 or 500 level.

Group A

PHIL 230 Intro to Moral Philosophy 1
PHIL 237 Contemporary Moral Issues
PHIL 240 Political Philosophy 1
PHIL 242 Intro to Feminist Theory
PHIL 334 Ethical Theory
PHIL 343 Biomedical Ethics
PHIL 348 Philosophy of Law 1
PHIL 434 Metaethics
PHIL 442 Topics in Feminist Theory

Group B

PHIL 210 Intro to Deductive Logic 1
PHIL 220 course description not available
PHIL 221 Intro to Hist & Phil of Sci 2
PHIL 304 Chomsky
PHIL 306 Philosophy of Mind
PHIL 310 Intermediate Logic
PHIL 311 Philosophy of Mathematics
PHIL 341 Philosophy of Science 1
PHIL 370 Problems in Analytic Phil
PHIL 410 Advanced Topics in Logic 1
PHIL 411 Topics in Phil of Logic & Math
PHIL 415 Philosophy of Language
PHIL 419 Epistemology
PHIL 421 Metaphysics
PHIL 441 Philosophy of Science 2
PHIL 470 Topics in Contem Analytic Phil

Group C

PHIL 375 Existentialism
PHIL 474 Phenomenology
PHIL 475 Topics in Contem European Phil

Group D

PHIL 344 Medieval&Renaissance Pol Theo
PHIL 345 Greek Political Theory
PHIL 350 Hist & Phil of Ancient Sci
PHIL 353 The Presocratic Philosophers
PHIL 354 Plato
PHIL 355 Aristotle
PHIL 356 Early Medieval Philosophy
PHIL 357 Late Medieval&Renaissance Phil
PHIL 452 Later Greek Philosophy
PHIL 453 Ancient Metaphys&Naturl Phil
PHIL 454 Ancient Moral Theory

Group E

PHIL 360 17th Century Philosophy
PHIL 361 18th Century Philosophy
PHIL 366 18th&Early 19th C German Phil
PHIL 367 19th Century Philosophy
PHIL 444 Early Modern Political Theory
PHIL 445 19th Century Political Theory

3 additional credits from the lists above or from other Philosophy courses.

 


Some often forgotten Faculty of Arts regulations:

  1. Students must complete a program and the number of credits specified in their letter of acceptance to McGill.
  2. All courses counted toward a Faculty, Major, or Honours program must be passed with a "C" or better. Courses passed with a "D", or taken under the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option, may count toward graduation (i.e., toward satisfaction of the required number of credits) but not toward satisfaction of a program. If a Philosophy student gets a "D" or an "S" in a Philosophy course, the student gets the McGill credits, but the course will count as though it were an elective. Thus, all Philosophy students must pass 210, 301, and 334 with a "C" or better; and all other requirements must be satisfied by getting a "C" or better in a relevant course. Majors students must get a "C" or better in those courses designated as "related courses". And Honours students must get a "C" or better in the tutorial for their thesis.
  3. Students must maintain a GPA of 2.0 to retain satisfactory standing in the University.
  4. Students must enrol for at least 12 credits per term to maintain "full-time" status, and 27 credits per year to maintain eligibility for scholarships. Student loans may be affected if you do not maintain full-time status. (Check with Dawson Hall for details.) Students with a GPA below 3.0 may register for a maximum 17 credits per term; otherwise, the maximum is 19 credits per term. We recommend that students restrict themselves to a maximum of 15 credits per term.
  5. Students may take only six elective credits per year of approved courses outside the Faculties of Arts and Science, to a maximum of 12 (out of 90 or 120) credits outside of Arts and Science.
  6. Major and Faculty programmes: students should take a maximum of 18 elective credits in any one subject. An exception would be made for students registered in a Minor program where more than 18 credits in one subject are required.
  7. Honours (but not Joint Honours) students must take 18 credits outside their Honours program.
  8. No overlap is permitted between any departmental programs: honours, major concentration, minor concentration, faculty program.