Philosophy majors and Philosophy Pre-Law typically take the following courses in the fall semester of their first year:

First-Year Experience Learning Community Courses

We will register you in these courses.

  1. Philosophy (PHIL 201)
  2. English Composition (ENG 101) OR Theology (TRS 201)

Why am I taking these classes?   Honors students take equivalent honors courses.

Major and Elective Courses

You will need to choose and register for these courses.

  1. A foreign language
  2. Probability and Statistics (MATH 114), Mathematics in the Modern World (MATH 168), Introduction to Mathematical Thought (MATH 187), or another math course
  3. A course of your choosing

1 st Semester Courses

If you are a philosophy major or a philosophy pre-law major, besides your two Learning Community classes, you will register for 3 more courses. We recommend the following courses to complement the study of philosophy.

Third Course

Proficiency in a foreign language is an essential component of liberal arts studies. It will also prove in time to be very useful. All philosophy majors must eventually complete at least two semesters in a foreign language at the intermediate level (103- and 104-level), or above (or demonstrate intermediate level competence by a placement test).

It is up to you what foreign language (or languages) you will study at CUA. If you studied a foreign language in high school, and wish to continue with it, it makes sense to keep at it this coming year. Taking a break may set you back. It also makes good sense to continue your study of that language in your freshman year, or begin the study of another language, in view of the possibility of doing a semester abroad in your junior year. Yet another reason that we urge you to take a language course this fall is to increase your prospects of attaining not merely proficiency but fluency in a foreign language.

The level of the language-course you take this fall will depend upon (i) whether the language is one you have already studied in high-school, or is entirely new to you, and (ii) whether you have AP or SAT exam scores in that language.

  1. If you plan to continue study in a foreign language that is already somewhat familiar to you, you will need to take a placement test or submit AP or SAT II exam scores (Greek and Latin placement information). Doing this straightaway will make the registration process in June much easier for you.
  2. If you plan to study a foreign language that is entirely new to you, register for the 101-level course in that language.

Note, in addition, that majors enrolled in the School of Philosophy are offered the possibility of either a “Natural Science” or a “Language” specialization. Students who elect to do the “Natural Science” specialization must eventually complete four courses in the natural sciences. Students who elect the “Language” specialization will take two courses in an ancient or a modern language at the intermediate level (as above), and two additional courses in another language (specifically, an ancient language if your first foreign language is modern, or a modern language if the first language is ancient).

Fourth Course

Philosophy majors must complete courses in mathematics, which has always been considered an integral to a liberal education. We understand that some philosophy-majors find math a little intimidating. If you are that way, fear not. It is not absolutely mandatory that you complete one of your math courses during your first semester here.

Freshmen philosophy majors who enjoy math, and have done reasonably well at it, should consider taking calculus, especially if they also think they might like to pursue further study in one or more of the natural sciences. In order to register for a calculus course you must first take the online math placement test to determine whether you’re qualified to do so, and if so, what level calculus course would best suit you. It’s a good idea to do this now, rather than later. For further details, click here. Please follow all instructions carefully.

Fifth Course

Your fifth course offers you a chance to begin pursuing other academic interests that you have. Perhaps this course will prove to be the first in a minor concentration (6 courses) in some discipline other than philosophy.

Begin by consulting these first-year course options.

Know which courses you want? Get registered.