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Undergraduate Handbook

"Web version revised July 2011.

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THE PHILOSOPHY MAJOR AND MINOR: WISE CHOICES?

Undergraduate Study in Philosophy

The University of South Carolina

Thank you for showing interest in philosophy or maybe already being a major or minor in philosophy. We hope that this handbook will inform you about the philosophy department and our various programs for undergraduates. If you are presently undeclared or seeking to switch majors, we hope you might consider philosophy as either a major or minor.

Contents

  • The Practical Value of Studying Philosophy
  • What is Philosophy?
  • The Philosophy Department
  • The Philosophy Major: Who
  • The Philosophy Major: What
  • The Philosophy Major: How
  • Double Majoring
  • The Philosophy Minor
  • Interdisciplinary Study, Including the Medical Humanities Minor
  • Advisement and Academic Progress in Philosophy
  • Philosophy Outside the Classroom
  • Major and Minor Requirements
  • Requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences and the Honors College
  • Curriculum Offerings for Undergraduate Study at USC
  • Awards
  • Postgraduation
  • Contact InformationPrevious | Next | Contents

The Practical Value of Studying Philosophy

Comedy programs from Saturday Night Live to The Simpsons have made fun of philosophy as a purely academic pursuit. However, the study of philosophy is valuable for a great numbers of careers (fifteen are listed in the section The Philosophy Major: Who) and is an excellent choice for pre-professional training in fields like law, medicine, and divinity.

You will have to decide for yourself if philosophy is a valuable choice for your particular career plans. However, this is not the only practical value that studying philosophy can have. One philosopher who has studied modern work, both its "promise" and "betrayal," is Joanne B. Ciulla. At the end of her book, The Working Life, she explains how philosophy as a liberal art is valuable not only for working but for living. She writes:

When I look at the historical big picture, I am perplexed at the domination of life by paid employment at a time when life itself should be getting easier. We live in extraordinary times, in which a majority of people in postindustrial societies have an unprecedented array of choices about how they live, where they live and work, and what they buy. ... Maybe work dominates many lives today because we have not fully developed a talent for making so many decisions. As Aristotle suggests, we have not learned how to use our freedom. Perhaps now, more than ever, young people need to take Aristotle's advice and study the liberal arts so that they can learn how to make life choices. We have let work dominate us because it organizes our lives and it has obvious built-in rewards. But one can only marvel at the possibilities for work and life once those who "long for something more" figure out what that "something" is and choose to pursue it.

We hope when you take philosophy courses, they may have practical value for both your career and your life. We ask only that you have an open mind toward that possibility. If you do, 3 you may find that you undergo the same experience as Brandy Bright, when she took her first philosophy class at USC:

You finish high school and you think that you can conquer the world. Then you go to college and you are advised to take a series of classes that you see as serving absolutely no purpose to your real world life. Like most other college students, I too thought that I would never learn anything in a philosophy class that I could carry with me through my life. I was wrong. I must admit that I will probably never go into a job interview and be asked to explain Socrates and his message, but by knowing his message and the messages of other philosophers I might be able to perform better in whatever job I choose. Take my advice when taking a philosophy class — keep an open mind! There are some philosophers who seem to have irrelevant theories, but there lies a truth behind some that might strengthen your life.

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What is Philosophy?

At USC, philosophy is one discipline — and one undergraduate major or minor — among many. Its place among them is not easily specifiable. It differs not only from the natural and social sciences but also from the humanities disciplines with which it is commonly grouped; yet at the same time philosophy is related in significant ways to all of them.

 

Philosophy once embraced nearly all forms of inquiry, as can still be seen in the title of the degree granted in most scholarly disciplines — Doctor of Philosophy or Ph.D. The emergence of the various scientific and humanistic disciplines as independent fields of study has removed many particular sorts of inquiry from its immediate concern. Yet philosophy retains a larger interest both in these other forms of inquiry and in their subjects. It further continues to deal with many issues of fundamental human importance which other disciplines may raise but do not themselves resolve, ranging 4 from the mind-body relation and the idea of God to the nature of knowledge and the status and content of morality.

 

Today's discipline of philosophy has been shaped by an intellectual and historical tradition that began some 2500 years ago in Greek culture of the eastern Mediterranean region, although similar developments occurred independently elsewhere in other cultures, both earlier and subsequently. The earliest Greek philosophers experimented with comprehensive interpretations and explanations of the world, replacing myths with theoretical reasoning about its nature. Socrates, contending that the unexamined life is not worth living, drew attention to the importance of reflection upon human life and conduct.

 

Philosophy has developed and changed in many ways; but it fundamentally continues disciplined reflection about our world, ourselves, the good life, our dealings with one another, as well as an expanding range of other matters of interest and importance. When properly pursued, it enhances analytical, critical, and interpretive abilities that are useful in a multitude of professions. It also develops intellectual abilities important for life as a whole: the capacities and appetite for self-expression and examination, for exchange and debate of ideas, for life-long learning, and for dealing with problems for which there are no easy answers.

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The Philosophy Department

The philosophy department is located on the the fourth floor of the Byrnes Building located on Sumter Street across from the Horseshoe. The main office is located to the right as you leave the elevators in room 401A-E. A list of faculty and teaching assistants, together with their telephone numbers and office hours, is posted to the right of the main office as you enter. 5

 

The philosophy department also has a virtual location on the web under the College of Arts and Sciences of USC (http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/phil/). There is a great deal of information about the department — some of it repeated here — located at this electronic address. The website is especially useful for obtaining current and future information about course listings, speakers, and other departmental events. There are 16 full-time faculty members of the department. At any time, one or more of them may be on sabbatical; other visiting faculty will replace them. There are also approximately 20 graduate assistants whose offices are indicated by the postings next to the main office.

 

In addition to your teachers and teaching assistants, other key names and addresses (electronic and nonelectronic) to keep in mind are those of the Chair and the Undergraduate Director. You have a personal invitation from the Undergraduate Director to make any inquiries or comments you might have about the department, the major, the curriculum, or any other aspect of a philosophy student's life.

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The Philosophy Major: Who

The purpose of many undergraduate major programs is to prepare students for specific professions involving the practice or application of the disciplines with which the majors are associated, either upon graduation or after further graduate-level study in these disciplines.

"The most enduring value of philosophy lies in the habit of mind it breeds in those who have discovered its pleasures. It produces a vision of things large enough to generate a life plan, a direction, tempered by the nagging suspicion that the vision may be an illusion." — Arthur J. Minton (contemporary philosopher)

Philosophy is certainly such a profession, consisting chiefly of academic employment in philosophy departments at colleges and universities as teachers of and contributors to inquiry in the various fields of philosophy. The major in philosophy serves to provide those who may wish to enter this profession with a good start in that direction. 6

 

However, this by no means exhausts the purpose of the philosophy major. The major is a valuable and indeed model "liberal education" major. It introduces students who are not interested in an academic career in philosophy to a field which can serve them well — both professionally and personally — in whatever they may go on to do after graduation.

 

Many careers and professions reward the skills that one learns in philosophy: the ability to think and write clearly and to work out successful resolutions of problems in committees or groups. A major (or minor) in philosophy is widely regarded as excellent preparation for law, medical, or divinity school. Other career options include: administrator, bank officer, computer systems analyst, consumer protection agent, development manager, diplomat, grant developer, high-school educator, intelligence research specialist, investment broker, management analyst, medical ethicist, policy and planning consultant, public information specialist, and technical writer. For further information, consult the material in the Career Center Library, located on the 6th floor of the BA building. This material is also listed on the career center website at http://www.sc.edu/career/la/philosophy.html.

 

Philosophy as a field also possesses great personal value, even if the relationship to a future career is indirect. Philosophy is a popular choice for double majors or as a minor for students interested in personal enrichment. Study of philosophy does not really end at graduation, but usually stimulates a life-long commitment to reflection and research. Because of this feature, older and even retired students have selected philosophy as their subject when they return to, or even begin, their university study. 7

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The Philosophy Major: What

There are a variety of educational objectives reflected in the curriculum offerings of the philosophy department. They are, and perhaps should be, combined, though each has its particular advocates. The historical model emphasizes the history of philosophy. As applied to the major as a whole, it usually begins with the Presocratics or with Socrates and Plato. It traces and critically discusses the views, problems, and methods of these and subsequent important philosophers, often with attention to their wider cultural setting.

 

The field model stresses coverage of central fields and various subfields of philosophical inquiry. They generally include metaphysics and the philosophy of mind, the theory of knowledge, logic, ethics, together with the history of philosophy. Beyond these fields, there are the areas of social and political philosophy and the philosophy of science, language, religion, and art. More recently, the practice of applying philosophy, above all in the field of ethics, has stimulated the development of medical ethics, business ethics, and professional ethics in general.

 

There is also a problems model. Its emphasis is on understanding major philosophical issues, such as the nature of religious belief, the mind-body problem, the nature of knowledge, the free will issue, and the problem of objectivity in ethics. 8

 

A related but alternative approach is represented by the skills model. The goal is the development of a critical mind. The goal is promoted by the development of analytic abilities with regard to problems and interpretive abilities with regard to philosophical texts.

 

Individual philosophy major programs vary considerably in accordance with aspiration and ambition. All four of these models express worthy ideals of philosophical training; a major program does well to reflect each of them in some way. In addition, the department also promotes the further general commitments: contact with original sources, not merely textbooks; opportunities for discussion as well as lectures; and experience in writing papers, in addition to examinations.

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Philosophy Major: How

No one kind of philosophy course — historical, field, problem, or skills — must logically or pedagogically precede any other. Philosophical development is a progressive integration of appreciative and critical approaches to problems and texts in introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses.

 

Introductory work cultivates the abilities to recognize philosophical questions and grasp philosophical arguments; to read philosophical texts critically; to engage in philosophical discussion; and to write philosophical papers involving interpretation, argument, and library research. Courses at this level commonly begin with a general introduction to philosophy and include a basic course in symbolic logic and survey courses in the history of ancient and early modern philosophy.

 

Beyond the introductory level, intermediate courses offer students the opportunity to become acquainted with various areas of philosophical inquiry and various periods of the history of philosophy. Courses on this level are electives and often offer 9 opportunities for identifying the major fields of interest of philosophy majors and minors. Courses dealing with matters of interest to students majoring in other subjects are also usually placed at this level — e.g., courses concerned with philosophical perspectives on religion, science, history, the arts and literature.

 

Advanced courses deal with important figures in the history of philosophy and central problems of philosophical fields in more detail and with increasing sophistication. One advanced course on a historical period or figure and one course on a philosophical field are required, but the student elects what each of these two courses will be. The one specific requirement is a senior seminar for majors in their final year. The department seeks to choose challenging topics of broad interest for this "capstone" experience, and often the course is team taught.

 

Generally speaking, a number of introductory and intermediate courses should be taken before attempting the more advanced courses, and core courses (in logic and the history of philosophy) should be taken as early as possible after the decision to become a major.

 

One important thing to consider is the option of majoring with distinction. This option is open for all majors with cumulative GPAs of 3.30 and GPAs of 3.50 and above in their major. The major additional requirement is the completion of a senior thesis. This thesis is directed and monitored through the taking of PHIL 495. The successful completion of this requirement will mean that the student will graduate "with honors" in philosophy. It should be a very desirable option for students who seek to do graduate study in philosophy. It is most important that students declare their interest in this option in their junior year to allow them sufficient time to complete the thesis.

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Double Majoring and Double Degree

An ambitious option for students is to complete the requirements for two majors. If the second major is also a BA degree, then the same total of 120 hours is required, but the requirements for both majors must also be met.  A second baccalaureate degree (a BS) is also possible.  For this more challenging option, additional requirements for the double degree include a miniumum of 24 hours beyond those required for the first degree (a minimum of 144 semester hours). In addition, courses accepted toward any requirements for the first  BA degree may not be applied to the major requirements for the the BS degree.

 

There are at least a couple of motivations for undertaking either of these options. First of all, there could be a strong complementarity of interests in the two major programs. The close relation between philosophy and other disciplines — e.g., majors in philosophy and religion, philosophy and history, or philosophy and psychology — may suggest the desirability of majoring in both programs.

 

A second motivation is, as already indicated, a strong commitment to personal enrichment. In this case, it is almost the lack of complementarity between what is more practical and what is more personally meaningful which is attractive. The department encourages such double majoring, and it is often chosen as an option by students who begin in philosophy but may feel the need to acquire other credentials. However, it is also made more difficult by the increasing number of major requirements in some of the more technical or professional-oriented majors. A student electing to double major must be advised each semester by advisors in both programs. We are happy to function in either the primary or secondary advisory role.

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The Philosophy Minor

Similar to the situation with regard to double majoring, a philosophy minor is typically chosen for either its complementarity regarding the elected major or for reasons of personal enrichment.

 

The philosophy department offers a general minor with very broad requirements to appeal to a variety of students. This general minor in philosophy is designed to provide an introduction to the 11 subject, which will serve the student who has a personal interest in philosophy or who may desire to pursue graduate studies in the field or a related humanities field such as religious studies, classical studies, or history.

 

Minors must take 18 hours of philosophy at the 200-level or above. Consultation with the advisor is strongly recommended at an early time, so that a set or sequence of courses can be selected which is particularly relevant either to the major or a particular interest of the student. Each minor will be guaranteed to have full input in the selection of six courses which will greatly advance her or his philosophical knowledge and expertise. We invite you to discuss this option with Matt Kisner (7-3739) or Jerry Wallulis (7-3730) if it is attractive to you.

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Interdisciplinary Study, Including the Medical Humanities Minor

The Department of Philosophy encourages interdisciplinary study in programs such as women's studies, African-American studies, comparative literature, Latin American studies, contemporary European studies, and Southern studies. Majors in these areas are encouraged to take philosophy courses that relate to their interests in topics such as the work of Malcolm X, aesthetics, and continental or American or feminist philosophy. Philosophy majors with interests in these philosophical areas are also encouraged to take related courses in the relevant interdisciplinary program.

 

In addition, faculty of the department team-teach interdisciplinary courses on a regular basis with faculty from departments both within and outside of the College of Arts and Sciences. Such courses are cross-listed under both departments or, for courses in the Honor's college, appear under the SCCC course listings. 12

 

The philosophy department is also proud that an interdisciplinary program in medical humanities has been developed by members of its department. This program has been designed primarily for premedical students in order to give them an understanding of the ethical issues as well the sociocultural, legal, economic, and political factors that condition medical knowledge and practice. The 18-credit hour program is also of interest for students in health law or other areas directly related to the health professions. For information about this program, please contact George Khushf either through the Department of Philosophy or the Center for Bioethics (777-7371).

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Advisement and Academic Progress in Philosophy

Descriptions of philosophy and the undergraduate program are not decisive when it comes to what a major or minor in philosophy does or should involve for you. Philosophy has meant and means many different things, and our department is no exception, with a number of quite diverse traditions represented in our ranks.

"The ancient Chinese philosopher Chuang Tzu had a vivid dream that he was a butterfly. Afterwards he was puzzled: Was he a human being dreaming that he was a butterfly or a butterfly dreaming he was human?"

This rich and enriching diversity precludes the imposition of any rigidly uniform structure upon the philosophy major.

 

While you should take into account the diversity of philosophical traditions and orientations of the department, you should be at least as concerned with depth or intensity of study and reflection. A good understanding of a few important philosophers and central problems is better than mere acquaintance with a great number. You should aim for an articulate understanding of at least some of the major philosophers, central philosophical problems, and methods of philosophical inquiry. 13

 

Beyond variety and depth, a good major program fits together, developing a sense of historical and intellectual continuities as well as changes and differences. Ideally your program of philosophical study should be integrated both internally in terms of the content of your philosophy courses and externally with regard to the nonphilosophy courses you will be taking.

 

Your guide in developing an integrated, diverse, and intensive program of philosophical study is your advisor. Departmental advisement seeks to be patient with new majors; competent, thorough, and knowledgeable with all students; and of particular assistance to graduating seniors.

 

There is no substitute for good and timely advising in the advancement of your academic study in philosophy. Each semester, advance notice of times for advisement is given to all majors by the Director of Advisement. It is clearly in your best interest and will advance your study if you sign up and appear for advisement during the official advisement period — late October or early November for the Spring term and late March for the Fall term.

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Philosophy Outside the Classroom

Philosophical development is aided immeasurably by participation in a philosophical community — a group of students and faculty engaging in inquiry together. Students of philosophy should not be mere observers, but rather active participants in departmental activities such as lectures and colloquia. The yearly list of speakers and conferences is obtainable from either the department's main office or the website. We strongly encourage you to obtain the information and attend a talk given by one of our Thursday or Friday afternoon speakers. Before and after the colloquium and during a reception there are additional opportunities for informal discussions with our guests. 14

 

A clear way to be an active participant is to give a talk oneself. The South Carolina Society for Philosophy welcomes undergraduate members. Each year, usually at the end of February, there is a three-day meeting at one of the state campuses. There is also a yearly competition for the best undergraduate essay. The winner receives a modest financial award and a place on the speaker program. Give it a try (or you may find an instructor encouraging you to submit one of your paper assignments).

 

Also contact the Undergraduate Director if you have any other feedback about the undergraduate program. We want you to feel that you are active participants in a community educational effort. Tell us what courses you would like to see offered in the coming academic year, what speakers you would like to hear, what events you would like to see take place, and what you think about the curriculum and requirements. We promise to listen to what you have to say and act upon your requests when feasible and appropriate. We encourage you to visit the department web site for further information about department events: http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/phil/ or on our facebook page.

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Major and Minor Requirements

The Philosophy Major:

 

Major Prerequisite:

  • PHIL 110: Introduction to Logic I
(may be used to satisfy a portion of the general education requirement and must be completed for a major in philosophy).

Major Requirements: Twenty-four credit hours in courses numbered 201 and above to include:

  • PHIL 490: Seminar in Philosophy (3 credit hours)
  • Two courses at the 500-level (6 credit hours)
  • One course from each of the following groups (9 credit hours)

                        Ancient Philosophy: PHIL 301, 302, 303, 312

                        Modern Philosophy: PHIL 304, 305, 310, 311

                        Fields of Philosophy: one course from PHIL 310, 311, 312, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 330, 331, 332, 333, 334, 340, 341, 350, 351, 360, 370

B.A. with Distinction (27 credit hours):

 

The Departmental Undergraduate Research Track is available to students majoring in philosophy who wish to participate in significant research activities in collaboration with, or under the supervision of, a faculty mentor. In addition to the General Major Requirements, student must complete the following:

▪   PHIL 495 - Senior Thesis

▪   A minimum GPA of 3.50 in the Major

▪   A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30

▪   A public presentation of the Senior Thesis in one of the following venues:

▪                     Annual Meeting of the South Carolina Society for Philosophy (or another appropriate meeting)

▪                     A regular or special session of the Philosophy Department Colloquium Series USC Discovery Day

▪                     Submission to an undergraduate or a professional journal

▪   A written sponsorship agreement with the supervising faculty member will be placed on file in the Department of Philosophy office.

The Philosophy Minor:

 

Minor Prerequisite:

▪   PHIL 110: Introduction to Logic I
(may be used to satisfy a portion of the general education requirement and must be completed for a minor in philosophy).

Minor Requirements: Eighteen hours of courses at the 200-level or above. The six courses composing the minor should to the greatest extent possible have some common theme. For instance, it is possible for students to choose courses emphasizing the following general areas in philosophy:

▪   History of philosophy

▪   Ethics, aesthetics and value theory (including social and political philosophy)

▪   Logic, epistemology and metaphysics (including the philosophy of science)

Students in the College of Arts and Sciences should be aware of the fact that they need to take an additional course in philosophy (other than the courses that are being used for the Philosophy Minor or PHIL 110 or 111) to satisfy the Philosophical Reasoning portion of the College's General Education Requirements. PHIL 102 may be used for this purpose. Students who may desire to do graduate work in Philosophy are advised to take more than one course at the 500-level.

 

Courses must have the approval of the student's advisor and an advisor in the Philosophy Department. The approval of the Philosophy advisor may come at any stage of the program, but an early stage is preferred.

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Requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences and the Honors College

Arts and Sciences Core Requirements

 

The logic course sequence, PHIL 110 (Deductive Logic) and PHIL 111 (Inductive Logic) is a popular way to satisfy the core requirement in mathematical/analytical reasoning. PHIL 110 can also be used in conjunction with Math 122 as an alternative way of satisfying this requirement. Another core requirement is a course in philosophical reasoning. Any philosophy course at the 100 to 300 level (other than the logic courses) can be used to satisfy this requirement.

"Outside of their own business, the ideas gained by men before they are twenty-five are practically the only ideas they shall have in their lives. They cannot get anything new. Disinterested curiosity is past, the mental grooves and channels set, the power of assimilation gone. If by chance we are ever to learn anything about some entirely new topic we are afflicted with a strange sense of insecurity and we fear to advance a resolute opinion. But with things learned in the plastic days of instinctive curiosity we never lose entirely our sense of being at home." — William James (19th century philosopher)

However, the department strongly recommends PHIL 102 (Introduction to Philosophy), PHIL 210 (Philosophical Themes in Literature), and PHIL 211 (Contemporary Moral Issues) as good choices for students without previous background in philosophy. Students with special interests may, however, want to consider the multiple course options at the 300 level. 17

 

The South Carolina Honors College

 

Students enrolled in the Honors College have a variety of options for fulfilling any philosophy course requirements they have. Every term there are honors sections of such basic courses as Introduction to Philosophy, Introduction to Logic, or Contemporary Moral Issues. There are also standard philosophy courses such as Philosophy of Mind and Health Care Ethics that have offerings that can be taken for honors credit by special arrangement. Finally, there are special intermediate and upper-level courses developed specifically for honors students. Recent offerings include Death: The History of an Idea, Ethics of Food, Cannon and Catapult, and Authenticity.

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Curriculum Offerings for Undergraduate Study at USC

A list of philosophy course offerings can be found on the USC Undergraduate Bulletin web site.

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Awards

There are several awards offered by the department for which undergraduates and graduate students are eligible:

 

Josiah Morse Fellowship: Awarded to new or continuing students in recognition of outstanding achievement. This fellowship is awarded specifically for undergraduate students. Priority is given to traditional disciplines, but most academic areas are eligible. The Josiah Morse Award is given in memory of the former chair of the (then) joint Department of Philosophy and Psychology. The award is given to the senior or seniors who have done outstanding work in philosophy as judged by the 23 faculty in the Department of Philosophy. The award comes with a certificate and a check for $400.

 

The Edna W. and Foster E. Tait Scholarship in Philosophy: This award is intended for senior-year philosophy majors to assist a needy and worthy student in the final semester of study. Minority applicants will be given particular consideration.

 

Oliver Award: The James W. Oliver Prize in Logic and its Philosophical Applications is presented in honor of the former chair of the Department of Philosophy. This award is given to the graduate or undergraduate student(s) who has done the best work in formal logic and its applications to philosophy. The award comes with a certificate and a check for $400.

 

The university offers, of course, many awards for undergraduate students as well. Two which are particularly worth mentioning are: Rhude M. Patterson Fellowship (established through a bequest from the late Mrs. Patterson for women in the humanities and social sciences) and Elsie Taber Scholarship (awarded to a worthy student).

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Postgraduation

Departmental advisors will assist and wish to promote promising philosophy students in the competition for entrance into professional and graduate schools and for fellowships for graduate study. In fact, all members of the department are willing to offer advice and write recommendations for students wishing to continue their education and training beyond graduation. 24

 

Information about graduate programs specifically in philosophy (including USC's own Ph.D. program) is available from the department.

"I have to credit the professors in the department for largely taking whatever intellectual ability I was born with and molding it into something useful and productive. While I may not be trained in a specific marketable skill, they taught me how to think and exercise reasonable judgment. They vastly improved my learning skills and instilled in me wellreasoned ethical standards and life skills, if you will, which I consider of significantly greater value than simple vocational training. With that kind of background, I am confident that I can tackle pretty much anything that might come along with a reasonable degree of success." — W. Jefferson Bryson, Jr., Class of 1977. Former State Ombudsman and, at present, Program Manager for the Department of Health and Human Services

Please feel free to speak with any of the professors you have had about philosophy graduate study. Teachers of your upper-level or advanced courses in philosophy should prove to be especially useful for advice and recommendations.

 

Information about career placement is available from the Career Center, located on the sixth floor of the Close-Hipp (BA) building. There you can obtain, among other materials, the tape "What I Can Do With A Major In" (WICDWAMI) session on philosophy participated in by a political consultant, businessman, and high-school administrator.

 

Some general pointers for life after the ivory tower: Make it a point to think about your post-graduation plans well before your senior year. Bring them up during your advisement sessions with our department, other departments, or the college with which you are associated. Make sure that your plans fit with the academic progress you are making toward graduation.

 

A final word: Keep in touch after graduation. We would love to hear from you about how you are doing, both in work and in life.

 

Acknowledgments: Material for this handbook was taken from the APA publication, "The Philosophy Major," by Richard Schacht, and from the USC College of Arts and Sciences website. 25

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Contact Information

Interested in becoming a Philosophy major or minor? Or perhaps you already are one? We'd like to hear from you. Please take a moment to send a note to Jerry Wallulis in the Philosophy Department. Include your name, address, telephone number, and email address. 26

 

For more information, please contact the Undergraduate Director.