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Program Overview

Philosophy majors learn to live according to their values. Graduates have double majored in accounting, biology, psychology, political science, and many others. Our graduates distinguish themselves with their rigorous thinking and clear commitment to the beliefs and values that guide their lives. They live meaningful lives as lawyers, doctors, travel photographers, educators, parents, and community leaders.

Program Requirements

Major Requirements for a B.A. in Philosophy

At least eight courses totaling at least 30 hours including Phil 202: Ethics, Phil 301: Plato and Aristotle, and Phil 302: the Enlightenment.

Students planning on attending graduate school in philosophy should visit the department’s website.


Minor Requirements

At least five courses totaling at least 18 hours including Phil 301: Plato and Aristotle and Phil 302: the Enlightenment.


Departmental Honors in Philosophy

  1. Admission to Departmental Honors program.
  2. Graduation from Centenary with major in Philosophy.
  3. A grade point average of at least 3.25 in both major and overall course work.
  4. Completion of an independently researched Senior Honors thesis, presentation of the Senior Honors thesis at the Student Research Forum or other suitable venue, and an oral defense of thesis.



Contact Info

Chris Ciocchetti

Chair of the Philosophy Department; Associate Professor of Philosophy

201 Smith Building

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