November 9, 2020
A message from the Chair of the Department of Philosophy:
I’m sorry we will not be able to gather together in person for our next Information Session. This document should help you navigate the material we have online about the Philosophy Major and the courses we will be offering this fall as well as give you a general sense about why you might wish to consider majoring in philosophy.
Philosophy is the study of fundamental questions about what we can know and how we should live. The American Philosophical Association has put together resources for undergraduates here. Studying philosophy teaches people how to think critically and carefully; philosophy majors typically do very well on tests like the GRE and LSAT, and lots of notable people have majored in philosophy.
You may find a list of the courses Bryn Mawr will be offering in the spring on our website on our website. As you can see, we have an exciting range of courses on tap! In general, if you are completely new to philosophy, we suggest starting with courses at the 100-level: in the spring, Thimo Heisenberg will be teaching our introduction to philosophy through ancient texts, PHILB101 Happiness and Reality in Ancient Thought, and Justin Fugo will be teaching PHILB102 Science and Morality in Modernity. These courses presuppose no background in philosophy and are intended to be introductions to the discipline. In addition, many of our 200-level courses do not have prerequisites, but please check the details of each course in BiONiC. 300-level courses do presuppose some background in philosophy and are not suitable for beginners.
Students majoring in Philosophy at Bryn Mawr can count courses offered by Haverford’s Philosophy Department as electives that contribute to the major at Bryn Mawr. In addition, there are often cross-listed courses offered through Bryn Mawr’s Political Science Department and Haverford’s Department of Religion and its Peace, Justice and Human Rights program.
Bryn Mawr’s Philosophy Major and Minor Requirements may be found on our website. The required classes for the major are clearly listed on that page, and while we recommend that majors begin by taking the two required 100-level introductory classes (PHIL B101 and PHIL B102), students are not obliged to take the required courses in any specific order, except for the year-long Senior Conference which must be completed in students’ senior year.
The Philosophy Minor requires six courses and does not have distribution requirements. A minor declaration form is now available on the web.
Chloe Berger is the department’s senior major representative, and she has generously agreed to answer any questions you may have about the major. Please click on her name to send her an email.
Collin Rice is the department’s Major Advisor this year. Please reach out to him with any questions you may have about our classes or the major.
All best wishes,
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy, Old Library
Bryn Mawr College
101 N. Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania 19010-2899