Division of Social Studies


Updated April 25, 2019



Advising Faculty


1.     Daniel Berthold (director)

2.     Thomas Bartscherer

3.     Norton Batkin

4.     Roger Berkowitz

5.     James Brudvig

6.     Jay Elliott

7.     Garry L. Hagberg

8.     David Shein

9.     Ariana Stokas

10.   Katie Tabb

11.   Robert Tully

12.   Ruth Zisman (not teaching)



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:


Any three courses, although it is strongly recommended that prospective majors take the History of Philosophy I and II sequence in their sophomore year.


1.     PHIL elective

2.     PHIL elective (203 History of Philosophy I is strongly recommended fall of sophomore year)

3.     PHIL elective (204 History of Philosophy II is strongly recommended spring of 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