Philosophy and Medicine Specialization

Dr. Richard Richards teaching a classThe philosophy and medicine specialization/minor is a series of courses introducing topics, issues, questions and problems associated the practice of medicine,  including concepts of health and disease, evolution and medicine, Evidence Based medicine and medical reasoning, the status of mental diseases, public policy, and medical ethics.While this concentration is designed for those who are planning for a  career in the medical fields, it is open to any student with an interest in medicine.

Completion of the specialization will satisfy the requirements for the philosophy minor.  Completion of the philosophy major will require PHL 195: Introduction to Deductive Logic, PHL 211: Ancient Philosophy, and PHL 212: Early Modern Philosophy in addition to the courses satisfying the philosophy and medicine specialization. Other courses  required for the major will depend on other coursework for the philosophy and medicine specialization.

Completion of the philosophy and medicine specialized major will be noted on the student’s transcript.

For more information about the philosophy and medicine specialization, email Professor Richard A. Richards, rrichard@ua.edu.

Course Requirements

Descriptions of the following courses are available in the UA Undergraduate Catalog. If you would like more information about how a course will be taught by a particular instructor or in a specific semester, visit the courses page of this website.

Requirements for Completing the Specialized Major

  • PHL 195/106: Intro to Deductive Logic
  • PHL 211: Ancient Philosophy
  • PHL 212: Early Modern Philosophy
  • PHL 223: Medical Ethics or Medical Ethics Seminar
  • PHL 286: Introduction to the Philosophy of Science or PHL 386: Philosophy of Science
  • PHL 489: Philosophy of Medicine
  • Any additional three-hour PHL course
  • Any three of the following:
    • PHL 104: Critical Thinking
    • PHL 221/292: Intro to Ethics
    • PHL 230: Political Philosophy
    • PHL 234: Social Philosophy
    • PHL 260: Mind and Nature
    • PHL 264: Introduction to Metaphysics
    • PHL 360: Philosophy of Mind
    • PHL 364: Philosophy of Cognitive Science
    • PHL 387: Philosophy and Evolution

Coursework must include at least 12 hours of 300- or 400-level PHL courses.

Requirements for Completing the Specialized Minor

  • PHL 223: Medical Ethics or Medical Ethics Seminar
  • PHL 286: Introduction to the Philosophy of Science or PHL 386: Philosophy of Science
  • PHL 489: Philosophy of Medicine
  • Any three of the following including at least one 300-level course:
    • PHL 104: Critical Thinking, or PHL 195/106: Intro to Deductive Logic
    • PHL 221/292: Intro to Ethics
    • PHL 230: Political Philosophy
    • PHL 234: Social Philosophy
    • PHL 260: Mind and Nature
    • PHL 264: Introduction to Metaphysics
    • PHL 360: Philosophy of Mind
    • PHL 364: Philosophy of Cognitive Science
    • PHL 387: Philosophy and Evolution

*A specialized minor does not appear on the transcript; however, the department can provide documentation stating the completion upon request.