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Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (2016/2017)
11.17 Philosophy

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11.17.1 Department of Philosophy Description

Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental problems concerning matters such as knowledge, truth, beauty, law, justice, mind, language, and the right and the good, using a critical, generally systematic approach relying on reasoned argument. Philosophy is one of the most influential of all areas of study, providing the frameworks in which one thinks and acts. Allowing one to make sense of self and surroundings, Philosophy teaches not what to think but how to think. The study of philosophy develops intellectual abilities. Beyond the knowledge and skills required for any particular profession, a good philosophical education enhances the capacity to participate responsibly and intelligently in public life.

The following undergraduate programs are available in the Department of Philosophy:

  1. Major in Medieval Studies

  2. Minor in Medieval Studies

  3. Major in Philosophy

  4. Minor in Philosophy

  5. Honours in Philosophy

Philosophy courses may be taken singly as general Humanities and Social Sciences electives or as part of a Minor, Major, Honours or multidisciplinary program. Normally, Philosophy 1200 is a prerequisite for all philosophy courses at the 3000 level and above.

Philosophy course descriptions are found at the end of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences section under Course Descriptions, Philosophy and are designated by PHIL.

11.17.2 Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts requires the successful completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours. A student must meet the requirements for a departmental Major, Minor, or Honours program and also meet the Program Regulations – General and Honours Degrees for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. A student is therefore advised to consult with the Admission to the Bachelor of Arts General Degree Programs regulations, the Program Regulations - General and Honours Degrees which also includes the Bachelor of Arts General Degree Components, The Major Program, and The Minor Program regulations. Information regarding honours programs is available at Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree Regulations as well as under each department’s regulations.

A student is strongly encouraged to consult with an academic advisor to discuss available programs and requirements in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences including the Core Requirements, The Major Program, The Minor Program, and the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree Regulations. A student is advised to declare a program of study, including a Major and a Minor, before completing the first 45 credit hours of study. Information about declaring a Major and Minor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and a list of advisors is available at www.mun.ca/hss/programs/undergraduate/ideclare.php.

11.17.3 Major Program

Students declaring a Major in Philosophy must choose a program advisor in consultation with the Head of the Department or Undergraduate Officer and the faculty member concerned.

The major program in Philosophy consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours in courses chosen in accordance with the following requirements:

  1. Philosophy 1200, Philosophy 2000 or 2220, Philosophy 2210, Philosophy 2230 or 3400, Philosophy 2701 or 2702

  2. 3 credit hours from Philosophy 3120 to 3620 (excluding Philosophy 3400 if previously completed to fulfill the requirements in 1. above).

  3. 3 credit hours from Philosophy 3730-3790

  4. 3 credit hours from Philosophy 3800-3851

  5. 3 credit hours from Philosophy 3860-3890

  6. 3 credit hours from the former Philosophy 3900-3950

  7. 3 credit hours from the Philosophy 4700-4790 series

  8. 3 credit hours from the Philosophy 4800-4890 series

11.17.4 Minor Program

Students declaring a Minor in Philosophy may choose to have a program advisor by mutual agreement with a member of the Philosophy Department.

The minor program in Philosophy consists of a minimum of 24 credit hours in courses which must be chosen in accordance with the following requirements:

  1. Philosophy 1200, Philosophy 2000 or 2210 or 2220, Philosophy 2230 or 3400, Philosophy 2701 or 2702;

  2. 3 credit hours from Philosophy 3120 to the former 3950 (excluding Philosophy 3400 if previously completed to fulfill the requirements in 1. above);

  3. an additional 6 credit hours in Philosophy courses at the 3000-level or higher; and

  4. 3 credit hours from 4000-level courses

11.17.5 Honours Program

The full Honours program requires a minimum of 60 credit hours in Philosophy courses, which must include a minimum of 36 credit hours at the 3000-level or above; Joint Honours requires a minimum of 45 credit hours in Philosophy courses. These must include:

  1. Philosophy 1200, Philosophy 2000 or 2220, Philosophy 2210, Philosophy 2230, Philosophy 3400, Philosophy 2701 or 2702;

  2. 3 credit hours from Philosophy 3120 to 3620 (excluding Philosophy 3400 if previously completed to fulfill the requirements in 1. above);

  3. 3 credit hours from Philosophy 3730-3790;

  4. 3 credit hours from Philosophy 3800-3851;

  5. 3 credit hours from Philosophy 3860-3890;

  6. 3 credit hours from the former Philosophy 3900-3950;

  7. 3 credit hours from the Philosophy 4700-4790 series;

  8. 3 credit hours from the Philosophy 4800-4890 series;

  9. an additional 3 credit hours in courses at the 4000-level;

  10. either Philosophy 4998 or 4999;

  11. candidates for Joint Honours must choose 4998;

  12. candidates for full Honours may take 4999 only with permission of the Department; and

  13. other Philosophy courses to a total of 60 credit hours for full Honours, 45 credit hours for Joint Honours.

  14. Candidates for Joint Honours who elect to fulfill the honours requirement in the other discipline are not required to take the Comprehensive Examination. (See Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree Regulations.

11.17.6 Major and Minor in Medieval Studies

The Major and Minor in Medieval Studies are administered by the Department of Philosophy.

The Major in Medieval Studies and the Minor in Medieval Studies are interdisciplinary programs offered by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences that aim to promote the integrated study through core courses of a historical and cultural period, the Middle Ages, here defined as the period between Antiquity and the Modern Age. Such an approach, which coordinates the methods and subjects of several disciplines, mirrors the pluralistic and interreligious framework of the age. Core courses in Medieval Studies are intended to integrate the material and provide a common focus at the beginning of the programs.

Medieval Studies course descriptions are found at the end of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences section under Course Descriptions, Philosophy, Medieval Studies and are designated by MST.

11.17.6.1 Advising

Due to the nature of interdisciplinary programming, students must carefully plan their course selection and regularly consult with the program's designated academic advisor. Questions about the delivery of a course should be directed to the appropriate academic unit.

11.17.6.2 Declaring the Interdisciplinary Major or Interdisciplinary Minor in Medieval Studies

Students wishing to declare a Major or Minor in Medieval Studies shall consult with the program's designated academic advisor to discuss the requirements of the program. Information about declaring a program of study in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is available at www.mun.ca/hss/programs/undergraduate/ideclare.php.

11.17.6.3 Regulations for the Interdisciplinary Major in Medieval Studies
  1. A Major in Medieval Studies consists of all the general requirements of the Bachelor of Arts program, including a minimum of 36 credit hours in courses selected from Table 1 Core Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Courses for the Major or Minor in Medieval Studies and Table 2 Other Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Courses for the Major or Minor in Medieval Studies below as follows:

    1. as per the General Regulations for Interdisciplinary Major and Minor Programs, courses from a minimum of any three Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines, and no more than 15 credit hours in any one Humanities and Social Sciences discipline other than Medieval Studies;

    2. a minimum of 12 credit hours chosen from Table 1 Core Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Courses for the Major or Minor in Medieval Studies, which must include Medieval Studies 2000, at least one of MST 2001 or 2002, and include a minimum of 6 credit hours at the 3000-level or above;

    3. a minimum of 6 credit hours in the study of the Latin language, normally Classics 1120 and 1121; and

    4. a minimum of 18 additional credit hours chosen from Table 1 Core Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Courses for the Major or Minor in Medieval Studies and/or Table 2 Other Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Courses for the Major or Minor in Medieval Studies, including a minimum of 6 credit hours in courses at the 4000-level. Courses at the 3000-level or above are recommended.

  2. As per the General Regulations for Interdisciplinary Major and Minor Programs, students completing a Major in Medieval Studies must also choose a single-discipline Minor or a Major in single-discipline.

11.17.6.4 Regulations for the Interdisciplinary Minor in Medieval Studies
  1. The Minor in Medieval Studies consists of a minimum of 24 credit hours in courses chosen from Table 1 Core Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Courses for the Major or Minor in Medieval Studies and Table 2 Other Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Courses for the Major or Minor in Medieval Studies below as follows:

    1. as per the General Regulations for Interdisciplinary Major and Minor Programs, courses from a minimum of any three Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines, and no more than 15 credit hours in any one Humanities and Social Sciences discipline other than Medieval Studies;

    2. a minimum of 12 credit hours chosen from Table 1 Core Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Courses for the Major or Minor in Medieval Studies, which must include MST 2000, at least one of MST 2001 or 2002 and,

    3. a minimum of 12 additional credit hours chosen from Table 1 Core Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Courses for the Major or Minor in Medieval Studies or Table 2 Other Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Courses for the Major or Minor in Medieval Studies, including a minimum of 3 credit hours in courses at the 4000-level. Courses at the 3000-level or above are recommended.

  2. As per the General Regulations for Interdisciplinary Major and Minor Programs, students completing a Minor in Medieval Studies must choose a single discipline Major.

11.17.6.5 Course List
  1. Interdisciplinary programs provide exposure to courses in various disciplines within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Table 1 courses are Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences courses that are fundamental to the program of study. Subject to the program regulations, they may be supplemented with Table 2 courses whose Calendar entry emphasizes the history, culture, thought, religion and/or languages of the Middle Ages. Not all courses are necessarily offered each year. Students must be careful not to register for different designations of the same course that is crosslisted with different departments. Normal departmental prerequisites for courses are applicable.

  2. As per the General Regulations for Interdisciplinary Major and Minor Programs, no more than 6 credit hours at Memorial University of Newfoundland that are not listed in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Course Descriptions may be deemed eligible towards the Major, and no more than 3 such credit hours may be deemed eligible for the Minor. Undergraduate courses not delivered by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences that have been approved as Table 2 electives for the Medieval Studies programs include Biology 4270, Music 2005.

    Table 1 Core Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Courses for the Major or Minor in Medieval Studies

    2000 Level Courses

    3000 Level Courses

    4000 Level Courses

    Table 2 Other Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Courses for the Major or Minor in Medieval Studies

    1000 and 2000 Level Courses

    3000 Level Courses

    4000 Level Courses

11.17.6.6 Previous Calendar Regulations

In accordance with UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS - Degree and Departmental Regulations, Year of Degree and Departmental Regulations - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and Faculty of Science, candidates for an Interdisciplinary Major or Minor in Medieval Studies will normally follow regulations in effect in the academic year in which the student first completes a course in that subject at the 2000 level or above which may be applied to the major or minor program respectively. However, the student may elect to follow subsequent regulations introduced during the student's tenure in a program. These "grandparented" students are encouraged to consult the program's designated academic advisor for assistance with course selection.