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Undergraduate Programme in Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy offers a Philosophy Major, an Advanced Major, a Minor, and a Concentration. It also offers courses that are a constitutive part of the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Interdisciplinary Major.

Ashoka Philosophy graduates will be well prepared for higher studies in philosophy or a career in industries like media, law, business, and consulting. Philosophy students are active in the Philosophy Society, the Philosophy Helpdesk, and organize the PhilCon, India’s first undergraduate Philosophy conference.

  • Major

    To earn a Philosophy Major, students must complete at least 12 courses (48 credits) in Philosophy. The 12 courses are:

    • PHI-1000: Introduction to Philosophy
    • PHI-1060: Symbolic Logic
    • Two courses in the Indian & Non-Western Philosophy category
    • Two courses in the History of Western Philosophy category
    • Three courses from the Contemporary Core category
    • Three Elective courses (any Philosophy course)

    Information ​​​​​​​about course categories can be found at this webpage and at the sites listing present and future courses and past courses.

    ​​​​​​​Note: No more than 2 cross-listed courses that are offered by non-Philosophy faculty members can count toward the major. There is no cap on the number of cross-listed courses offered by Philosophy faculty members that can count towards the major.

  • Sample Curricula

    Sample 1: Philosophy Major

    Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 Semester 5 Semester 6
    Foundation Course 1 Foundation Course 5 Foundation Course 7 Foundation Course 9 Philosophy Course 7 Philosophy Course 10
    Foundation Course 2 Foundation Course 6 Foundation Course 8 Philosophy Course 4 Philosophy Course 8 Philosophy Course 11
    Foundation Course 3 Philosophy Course 1: Introduction to Philosophy Philosophy Course 2: Symbolic Logic Philosophy Course 5 Philosophy Course 9 Philosophy Course 12
    Foundation Course 4 Philosophy Course 3 Philosophy Course 6

     

    Sample 2: Philosophy Major and Computer Science Minor

    Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 Semester 5 Semester 6
    Foundation Course 1 Foundation Course 5 Foundation Course 7 Foundation Course 9 Philosophy Course 7 Philosophy Course 10
    Foundation Course 2 Foundation Course 6 Foundation Course 8 Philosophy Course 5 Philosophy Course 8 Philosophy Course 11
    Foundation Course 3 Philosophy Course 1: Introduction to Philosophy Philosophy Course 3: Symbolic Logic Philosophy Course 6 Philosophy Course 9 Philosophy Course 12
    Foundation Course 4 Philosophy Course 2 Philosophy Course 4 Computer Science Course 3 Computer Science Course 5 Computer Science Course 6
    Computer Science Course 1: Introduction to Programming Computer Science Course 2 Computer Science Course 4

  • Minor

    To earn a Minor in Philosophy, students must complete at least 6 courses (24 credits) in Philosophy.

    • UG23 and earlier:
      • PHI-1000: Introduction to Philosophy
      • PHI-1060: Symbolic Logic
    • UG24 and later:
      • PHI-1000 Intro to Philosophy​​​​​​​
      • One Elective course (any Philosophy course)
    • Everybody:
      • One course from the Indian & Non-Western Philosophy category
      • One course from from the History of Western Philosophy category
      • One course from the Contemporary Core category
      • One Elective (any Philosophy course)

    Information ​​​​​​​about course categories can be found at this webpage and at the sites listing present and future courses and past courses.

    ​​​​​​​Note: No more than 2 cross-listed courses that are offered by non-Philosophy faculty members can count toward the minor. There is no cap on the number of cross-listed courses offered by Philosophy faculty members that can count towards the minor.

  • Concentration

    To earn a Concentration in Philosophy students must complete at least four courses (16 credits) in Philosophy.

    • UG23 and earlier:
      • PHI-1000: Introduction to Philosophy
      • PHI-1060: Symbolic Logic
      • Two further courses in two different categories from among the three categories:
        • Indian & Non-Western Philosophy
        • History of Western Philosophy
        • Contemporary Core
    • UG24 and later:
      • PHI-1000: Introduction to Philosophy
      • Three further courses in at least two different categories from among the three categories:
        • Indian & Non-Western Philosophy
        • History of Western Philosophy
        • Contemporary Core

    Information ​​​​​​​about course categories can be found at this webpage and at the sites listing present and future courses and past courses.

    All courses in a Philosophy concentration must be taught by Philosophy faculty.

  • Psychology and Philosophy Major

    Psychology and Philosophy (PSYPHI) is an interdisciplinary major combining Psychology and Philosophy.

    To major in PSYPHI students must complete the following 16 courses:

    • PHI-1000: Introduction to Philosophy
    • PSY-1001: Introduction to Psychology OR PSY-1003: Thinking Like a Psychologist
    • PSY-2001: Statistics and Research Methods I
    • PSY-2002: Statistics and Research Methods II
    • Any three out of the following:
      • PSY-2011: Biological Psychology
      • PSY-2021: Cognitive Psychology
      • PSY-2031: Developmental Psychology
      • PSY-2041: Clinical Psychology
      • PSY-2051: Social Psychology
    • Five more courses from Philosophy
    • Four more courses from Philosophy or Psychology or both

  • Philosophy and Computer Science Major

    Philosophy and Computer Science (PHICS) is an interdisciplinary major combining Philosophy and Computer Science.

    To major in PHICS students must complete the following 17 courses:

    • PHI-1000: Introduction to Philosophy
    • PHI-1060: Symbolic Logic
    • CS-1101: Introduction to Computer Programming
    • CS-1104: Discrete Mathematics
    • CS-1216: Computer Organization and Systems
    • CS-1205: Algorithm Design and Analysis
    • CS-1309: Introduction to Machine Learning
    • CS-1340: Computer Networks
    • CS-1319: Programming Language, Design and Implementation
    • CS-2349/PHI-2070 :Theory of Computation or Introduction to Computability Theory
    • One course from between PHI-X600 and PHI-X829 (Ethics)
    • One course from between PHI-X240 and PHI-PHI-X359 (Philosophy of Science, Math, or Language)
    • Any three Philosophy courses
    • Any two Computer Science courses

  • Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Major

    Information about the Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) Interdisciplinary Major can be found at this webpage.

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