The following academic requirements are from the 2016/17 Vassar College Catalogue.
Requirements for Concentration
The Philosophy major requires a total of 12 units.
Majors must take PHIL 125, Logic. They must also take two, additional 100-level courses, at least one of which must be either PHIL 101 (History of Western Philosophy: Ancient) or PHIL 102 (History of Western Philosophy: Modern).
Majors must take one course from each of the following:
- PHIL 220 - Metaphysics
- PHIL 222 - Philosophy of Language
- PHIL 224 - Philosophy of Mind
- PHIL 226 - Philosophy of Science
- PHIL 228 - Epistemology
- PHIL 205 - Nineteenth Century Philosophy
- PHIL 215 - Phenomenology and Existential Thought
- PHIL 240 - Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics
- PHIL 242 - The Philosophy of Music
- PHIL 210 - Neo-Confucianism and Chinese Buddhism
- PHIL 234 - Ethics
- PHIL 236 - Philosophy of Law
- PHIL 238 - Social and Political Philosophy
- PHIL 250 - Feminist Theory
Three 300-level seminars, two of which must be differently numbered. The department will not entertain any requests to count a seminar under a number different from the one it is assigned in the curriculum.
PHIL 300 - Senior Thesis-PHIL 301 - Senior Thesis is optional. Majors will consult with their faculty advisor about opting to write a senior thesis. Students who choose not to do a senior thesis will take an upper-level course instead (i.e., a 200-level or 300-level course).
After the declaration of major, no required philosophy courses may be elected NRO.
Individual programs should be designed, in consultation with a faculty advisor, to give the student a representative acquaintance with major traditions in philosophy, competence in the skills of philosophic investigation and argument, and opportunities for exploration in areas of special interest. Students considering a concentration in philosophy are advised to take PHIL 101 or PHIL 102 early in their careers. German, French, and Greek are languages of particular importance in Western philosophy; Chinese will be of special interest to those taking PHIL 110, PHIL 210, or PHIL 350.