Philosophy and Literature

Undergraduates may major in Philosophy with a special degree field in philosophy and literature. Students in this track take courses alongside students from other major departments which also have specialized tracks associated with the program for the study of philosophical and literary thought, with administrative staff in the DLCL. Each student in this track is assigned an adviser in Philosophy, and students’ schedules and overall course of study must be approved in writing by the adviser, and the Directors of Undergraduate Studies of Philosophy and of the program.

A total of 65 units must be completed for this track, including the following requirements:
  • Core requirements for the major in Philosophy:
    • an introductory course
    • PHIL 80: Mind, Matter, and Meaning
    • PHIL 100: Greek Philosophy
    • PHIL 102: Modern Philosophy, Descartes to Kant
    • one course in Logic (PHIL 50, 150, 151, or 154)
    • one course in Philosophy of Science (PHIL 60, 61, 156, or 163-8)
    • one course in Value Theory (PHIL 170-3)
    • one course in Metaphysics & Epistemology (PHIL 180 series)
    • one Capstone Seminar (PHIL 194 series)
  • Gateway course in philosophy and literature (PHIL 81). This course should be taken as early as possible in the student’s career, normally in the sophomore year.
  • Three courses in a single national literature,* chosen by the student in consultation with the adviser and the program director of undergraduate studies. This normally involves meeting the language proficiency requirements of the relevant literature department.
  • Electives within Philosophy beyond the core requirements totaling at least 5 units, and drawn from courses numbered 100 or higher.
  • Two upper division courses of special relevance to the study of philosophy and literature, as identified by the committee in charge of the program.
  • Capstone seminar of relevance to the study of philosophy and literature, as approved by the program committee. In some cases, with approval of the Philosophy Director of Undergraduate Study and the program director of undergraduate studies, the same course may be used to meet requirements 1(i) and 6 simultaneously. In any case, the student’s choice of a capstone seminar must be approved in writing by the Philosophy Director of Undergraduate Study and the program director of undergraduate studies.
Students are encouraged to consider doing honors work in a topic related to philosophy and literature, either through the Philosophy honors program, or through Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities.

The following rules also apply to the special track:
  • Units for Honors Tutorial, Directed Reading (PHIL 196, 197, 198), The Dualist (PHIL 198), Honors Seminar (PHIL 199) may not be counted toward the 65-unit requirement. No more than 10 units with a grade of “satisfactory” or “credit” may be counted toward the unit requirement.
  • A maximum of 15 transfer units may be counted toward the major, at most 10 of which may substitute for courses within Philosophy. Transfer credits may not substitute for PHIL 80 or 81, and are approved as substitutes for the five area requirements or PHIL 194 only in exceptional cases.
  • Courses offered in other departments may be counted toward requirements 3, 5. and 6, but such courses, including affiliated courses, do not generally count toward the other requirements. In particular, such courses may not satisfy requirement 4.
  • Units devoted to meeting the language requirement are not counted toward the 65-unit requirement.

*Standard combinations include, but are not limited to, the following:
English: English 100A, 100B, 100C.
French: any three of French 130, 131, 132, 133.
German: German 131, 132, 133.
Iberian & Latin American: ILAC 136, 157, 161.
Italian: Italian 127, 128, 129.
Russian: any three of Slavic 145, 146, 147, 148.


Lanier Anderson
Lanier Anderson
lanier@stanford.edu





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