Division of Social Studies


Updated August 15, 2017



Advising Faculty


1.     Garry L. Hagberg (director)

2.     Daniel Berthold (director) (leave of absence fall 17, on sabbatical spring 18)

3.     Thomas Bartscherer

4.     Norton Batkin

5.     Roger Berkowitz

6.     Susan Blake

7.     James Brudvig

8.     Jay Elliott

9.     Robert Martin

10.   David Shein

11.   Oli Stephano

12.   Ruth Zisman



Program requirements


The philosophy curriculum consists of courses in the history of philosophy as well as such traditional areas as ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, logic, the philosophy of language, and aesthetics. Historically, the discipline of philosophy has been expansive in the scope of its interests, exploring issues across the fields of natural science, social science, literature, and the arts. In this spirit, students concentrating in philosophy are encouraged to enrich their study of philosophy by making connections with other disciplines.


Moderation Requirements:


1.     PHIL elective

2.     PHIL 203 History of Philosophy I (required beginning with the class of 2020)

3.     PHIL 204 History of Philosophy II (required beginning with the class of 2020)


Beginning with the class of 2020, Philosophy majors will be required to take the two semester History of Philosophy sequence. We strongly recommend that this be done during the sophomore year.


Graduation Requirements:


4.     300-level Philosophy Seminar

5.     300-level Philosophy Research Seminar

6.     PHIL elective

7.     PHIL elective

8.     Senior Project I

9.     Senior Project II


A concentration in philosophy requires seven courses offered by members of the department, of which at least four are in the Upper College.



Sample program of study


First Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Senior Year


PHIL 100-level course

FYSEM I (fall)

FYSEM II (spring)


PHIL 203 History of Philosophy

PHIL 204 History of Philosophy II


Moderation (spring)


PHIL 300-level Philosophy Seminar

PHIL 300-level Philosophy Research Seminar

PHIL 300-level course


Sr. Project I (fall)

Sr. Project II (spring)

Phil 300-level course