Those choosing Philosophy as their Major Field of concentration should be aware that an appropriate competence in the Field requires a suitable selection of courses within the major areas of Philosophy. In particular, the Department feels strongly that a student well trained in the Field should have a familiarity with contemporary analytical procedures, with the foundations of formal logic and with at least some of the major classical figures of Western Philosophy.
It is recommended that students considering Philosophy as a possible Major Field begin with Philosophy 201 or 249. Upper-year transfer students could choose one of Philosophy 301, 303 and 305.
Students majoring in Philosophy should seek advice from the Department before each registration. Since many philosophical problems have their origins in other non-philosophical disciplines, students should not only consult about which philosophy courses to take but also about which non-philosophy courses might most benefit them. Advice may be obtained from members of the Department's Undergraduate Committee.
The Women's Studies Major program is designed to provide students with knowledge of the rapidly developing disciplinary and interdisciplinary literature in the field, while providing them with an understanding of the reasons for the development of a feminist scholarship. From its activist and academic perspective, the program will help prepare students for careers in government, social work, and business, while also providing them with a mode of analysis applicable to related fields, and to their own lives.
First year students in Women's Studies are encouraged to explore courses in a variety of areas. It is recommended that a first year program include: Women's Studies 201 and at least an additional 12 units (2.0 full-course equivalents) from the Faculty of Arts. Degree programs in Women's Studies include senior-level courses offered by various Departments either as core requirements or as options. It is therefore useful to take first year courses from a variety of related areas such as Sociology and History.
Students seeking advice on first year course selection may contact the Program Co-ordinator or the Arts Students' Centre.