University Requirement Info

The university requires all students to take two philosophy courses. Introduction to Philosophy (10101, 13185, 13195, or 20101), and a more advanced course selected from those courses numbered 20201-20999.

With the permission of the director of undergraduate studies in philosophy, a 30000-level or 40000-level course may count for the second requirement. Note: No Logic course will satisfy the university requirement.


Typically, the first course in philosophy taken by Notre Dame students begins with a survey of central philosophical problems, mostly ethical and metaphysical, that are clearly relevant to the Catholic tradition and that are studied through substantial readings from classic texts.  The second course is typically a more focused reflection on a particular domain of ethical or religious issues, often focusing on contemporary moral issues.  Our courses include the strong emphasis on close analysis of ideas and rigorous logical argument that is characteristic of all good philosophy.

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