Philosophy Major Philosophy Major Philosophy is the original home of critical thinking, rigorous analysis, and systematic argumentation. Its work demands clarity, objectivity, sound reasoning, fairness, and good writing. The study of philosophy builds conceptual skills exportable to any branch of the Army and to all professions, skills essential to leadership. 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The study of philosophy also has a significant cultural dimension. It challenges cadets to understand attitudes, beliefs and arguments from other societies. West Point's philosophy major is designed to ensure breadth and to encourage depth. Majors will learn to do the following: analyze and construct philosophical arguments show competency in logic and other core areas of philosophy become familiar with major historical areas, figures, and problems of philosophy understand philosophical ideas within their historical and cultural contexts think and write in a rigorous and precise manner use critical thinking skills to provide original or innovative approaches to philosophical problems apply philosophical methods in a variety of contexts at the personal and social levels apply philosophical methods across disciplinary boundaries to a broad range of issues in the modern world The intellectual skills and experience the philosophy major fosters are beneficial to the Army and will be an asset to any branch. This major offers an honors track. To learn more about this area of study, visit the Department of English and Philosophy. Required Courses PY300 PHILOSOPHICAL METHODS PY305 LOGICAL REASONING Philosophy Core Area Course (Choose 1) PY310 REALITY AND KNOWLEDGE PY320 ETHICS Sample Electives PY325 MILITARY ETHICS PY326 CYBER ETHICS PY329 TOPICS IN ETHICS PY330 POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY PY345 PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION PY350 PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE PY355 PHILOSOPHY OF MIND PY360 ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY PY369 EASTERN THOUGHT PY370 17TH & 18TH CENTURY PHILOSOPHY PY375 KANT & 19TH CENTURY PHILOSOPHY PY380 20TH CENTURY PHILOSOPHY PY390 INTER-DEPARTMENT SEMINAR PY395 SPECIAL TOPICS IN PHILOSOPHY PY495 INDEPENDENT STUDY: PHILOSOPHY XH400 INTERCOLLEGIATE SEMINAR This major offers an honors track. To learn more, view the full Philosophy Major Curriculum. Philosophy majors have a number of enrichment opportunities including: Philosophy Forum guest lectures, travel to competitions and part of the Philosophy Ethics Debate Team, attendance of the Mid-Hudson Philosophy Society Annual conference, participation in the Ethics of War Annual Conference Partnership with Villanova University, presentations at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs Panel , as well as the opportunity to present work at various undergraduates conferences or in journals. To learn more about enrichment for this area of study, visit the Department of English and Philosophy or the center associated with this department/area of study.