100-level courses serve as entries into the discipline. They tend to cover a broad range of topics and are less technical than the upper- level courses. 110 is a survey of philosophical problems, but any 100- level course can serve as an introduction to philosophy. 105, 106, and 107 focus on a major period of philosophy’s history. 101, 120, and 130 analyze applied topics. 160 introduces philosophy through the work of a single philosopher.
200-level courses are also appropriate as entries into philosophy, but they tend to be more narrowly focused than 100-level courses. And with a few exceptions, 200-level courses are primarily concerned with contemporary philosophy rather than philosophy’s history.
Most 300-level courses are seminars, usually on a single topic, text, or figure. Students should check with the professor to see if a given seminar is appropriate for those without prior experience in philosophy. 325, 365, and 399 are not seminars, but they are numbered in this range because their topics and readings are more specialized and difficult than those in the typical 200-level course.
400-level courses are limited to senior philosophy majors. 450 and 451 form the capstone of the major. 495 is for seniors writing an honors thesis.