To earn a Concentration in Philosophy students must complete at least four courses (16 credits) in Philosophy. These four courses can be completed
- as the student’s declared Concentration during their undergraduate studies,
- in part during the student’s undergraduate studies and in part during the Ashoka Scholars Programme (ASP),
- fully during the ASP.
A Concentration in Philosophy nicely complements any other Major by giving students some of the benefits in terms of the training of their analytical skills that a Major would offer and a taste of the interesting questions philosophers tackle.
Now, we don’t have too many students who take a Concentration. For if students like what we offer, they often want to do more than a Concentration. And if, alternatively, they find the rigour Philosophy requires too demanding (given that the main focus of their study lies elsewhere), they don’t pursue the Concentration further.
Still, we do have students who wish to complete a Concentration in Philosophy and do so – either during their undergraduate studies or during the ASP. The requirements are listed below.
A student completing a Concentration in Philosophy must take four philosophy courses, including
- for everyone up to UG23, the two Required Courses are
- PHI-1000 Introduction to Philosophy and
- PHI-1060 Symbolic Logic,
- beginning UG24, PHI-1060 Symbolic Logic is no longer required, just highly recommended
- two further courses in two different categories from among the following:
- Indian & Non-Western Philosophy
- History of Western Philosophy, and
- Contemporary Core.
(To learn more about these course categories, look here.)
Note that all courses you take to complete your Concentration must be taught by Philosophy faculty (so watch out for who teaches cross-listed courses in case you want them to count toward your Concentration).
If you keep this in mind, there really isn’t much that can go wrong here. And on the off chance that for some reason, a student is really intent on taking the two required courses and then two courses that fall into the same category, they can always decide to take one more Philosophy course. (And if they do that, they might as well do yet one more course and complete a Philosophy Minor).
What if taking five courses does not fit in a student’s schedule and they really really want to take these two excellent courses that fall into the same category? Then they may reach out to the Head of the Department and request an exceptional waiver. We won’t let anyone drop the required courses, but we have been rumoured to be slightly more accommodating with respect to the other categories. (If you do this, please make sure you do secure an email confirming the waiver, so that you don’t get into trouble with the Office of Academic Affairs when the time of the degree check comes.)