Philosophy Pathway

The pathway for philosophy majors allows students to complete all requirements for the core and the major in years 1-3. Following successful admission, students begin their first year at Suffolk University Law School in year four.

Consult the Academic Catalog for specific course options and the Law School website for admission information.

Pathway for Philosophy Majors: BA/JD or BS/JD Option

Year 1

First-Year Writing I
Seminar for Freshmen
Math Core Requirement
Human Behavior and Societies Core Requirement

First-Year Writing II
PHIL-119, PHIL-120, PHIL-123, or PHIL-127*
PHIL Elective
Creativity & Innovation Core Requirement

Year 2

PHIL-113 or PHIL-212 (PHIL-212 required for BS students)**
PHIL-210 (Ancient & Medieval)***
STE Core Requirement
Studies in Literature Core Requirement

PHIL-211 (Modern)***
STE (+ Lab if BS) Core Requirement
Social, Cultural, & Global Perspectives Core Requirement****

Year 3

PHIL Elective
PHIL 400-level course
VPATH Core Requirement (BS students only)
Elective (BA students)
Elective (all students)

PHIL Elective
PHIL-515, Senior Symposium

*Fulfills Ethical & Philosophical Inquiry Core Requirement

**Although numerous courses satisfy the Quantitative Analysis Core Requirement for the BS, PHIL majors may fulfill the requirement by completing Formal Logic (PHIL-212).

***Although numerous courses satisfy the Social and Intellectual History Core Requirement for the BS and the Social and Intellectual History/VPATH Core Requirement for the BA, PHIL majors may fulfill the requirement by completing PHIL-210 or PHIL-211.

****Based on availability, selected PHIL courses may be double counted to satisfy the Social, Cultural, & Global Perspectives Core Requirement, allowing additional free electives

Note: Students electing to follow the undergraduate Applied Ethics concentration in Philosophy need to use elective slots to take 513 (Internship) and three additional courses in ethics, political philosophy, or philosophy of law. With careful course selection, these courses may also count for other Core or Major requirements, allowing for more free electives.

Note for BA Students: The Modern Language requirement may be fulfilled by a competency level of 102 or above and a minimum of one language course in any language other than English. Exemption from the modern language requirement is granted at the proficiency level of 202 in any qualifying language.