The Philosophy Major

Everyone who majors in philosophy at WCSU designs their own program of study. The University calls this a “contract major.” This is a wonderful opportunity for you to focus on what interests you the most in philosophy, and it also allows you to include classes in your major from outside the Philosophy Department. With a contract major in philosophy you can customize your education and graduate with a major that is uniquely your own.

If you’re interested in a contract major please drop by the department office—we can guide you through the process and show you several examples of contract majors that other students have designed. It’s not at all difficult to create a contract major and get it approved; we can generally complete the whole process in just a few weeks.

Here’s the general description of a contract major from the University Catalogue.

“A contract major is a coherent program of studies leading to a B.A. or B.S. degree, proposed by a student in consultation with a faculty adviser. The program must fulfill general education and other university-wide degree requirements including a major comprised of a minimum of 36 credits related to a specialized topic, theme or area of concentration. Credits in the major may be drawn from the course offerings of one or more academic departments and at least half of them must be taken at WestConn. Proposals are normally presented prior to the completion of 75 credits. They must exhibit academic integrity and rigor. Therefore, students are cautioned that the later a proposal is presented, the greater the chance that more than the minimum number of credits for the bachelor’s degree will be required to complete the contract major. The student applicant must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 and must have completed the general education requirements in writing and communication skills and mathematics. At least two thirds of the credits in the major must be taken at the 200 level or above. Inclusion of a senior thesis or project is strongly advised. The intent of the contract major is to allow students whose academic interests extend beyond existing majors sufficient flexibility to design a program of studies appropriate to their academic goals.”

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