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Social Philosophy [SPHI] (Major)

Career Potential

  • Business Administration and Management
  • Computer Science
  • Counseling
  • Education
  • Government and Public Service
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Public Relations
  • Social Advocacy and Activism
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Social and Family Services
  • Teaching

For more information, visit the Philosophy Department.

A. Required Courses: 18 credit hours
  • PHI 100 - Introduction to Philosophy (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHI 110 - Critical Thinking and Argumentation (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHI 135 - Introduction to Ethics (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHI 201 - Ancient Social Philosophy (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHI 202 - Modern Philosophy (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHI 240 - Social and Political Philosophy (3 cr. hr.)
B. Additional Hours in Philosophy: 21 credit hours
  • At least 15 credit hours must be in courses at the 300-level and above.
Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 120

Students are also encouraged in their course of study to include a minor of 15-21 credit hours

Example of the B.A. in Social Philosophy over four years

This is just a model and does not reflect our expectations for all students.

First Year
Fall Total credit hours: 16-17
  • Foreign Language 101
  • COR 101 - The Cortland Experience: A First Year Seminar (1 cr. hr.)
  • CPN 100 - Writing Studies I (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 102 - Writing Studies in the Community I (4 cr. hr.)
  • PHI 100 - Introduction to Philosophy (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHI 110 - Critical Thinking and Argumentation (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHI 135 - Introduction to Ethics (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15-16
  • 2 GE courses
  • Foreign Language 102
  • Elective
  • CPN 101 - Writing Studies II (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 103 - Writing Studies in the Community II (4 cr. hr.)
Second Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15
  • 2 GE courses
  • Foreign Language 201 or
  • Elective
  • PHI 201 - Ancient Social Philosophy (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHI 203 - Social Ethics (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • 2 GE courses
  • Quantitative Skills or
  • Foreign Language 202
  • PHI 202 - Modern Philosophy (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHI 240 - Social and Political Philosophy (3 cr. hr.)
Third Year
Fall Total credit hours: 18
  • GE course
  • Two-Three Elective courses - The generous number of electives here allows for the student to easily adopt a dual major with philosophy
  • PHI 270 - Race and Racism (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHI 271 - Philosophy of Human Nature (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • Three Elective courses
  • PHI 300 - Philosophical Issues (3 cr. hr.)
  • PHI 329 - Special Topics in Philosophy (1-4 cr. hr.)
Fourth Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15
  • Three Elective Philosophy courses at the 300 or 400 level
  • Two Elective courses
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • Three Elective Philosophy courses at the 300 or 400 level
  • Two Elective course