Undergraduate Studies

Philosophy and Medicine Specialization

Dr. Holly Kantin lecturing in classThe philosophy and medicine specialized major and minor are based on a collection 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 these specialized degrees are designed for those who are planning for a career in the medical fields, they are open to any student with an interest in medicine.

Completion of the philosophy and medicine specialized major will be noted on the student’s transcript. While the specialized minor does not appear on the transcript, upon request the department will provide documentation stating the philosophy and medicine minor was completed.

For more information about the philosophy and medicine specialization, email phlofmed@ua.edu.

Course Requirements

Learn more about required courses in the UA catalog.

Major Requirements

  • PHL 195/106: Intro to Deductive Logic
  • PHL 211: Ancient Philosophy
  • PHL 212: Early Modern Philosophy
  • PHL 423: Advanced Seminar in Medical Ethics
  • PHL 489: Philosophy of Medicine
  • Either PHL 386: Philosophy of Science or PHL 488: Philosophy of Mental Health
  • Additional 3 hours at 300-400 level PHL courses
  • Any 9 additional hours of any PHL courses.

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

Minor Requirements

  • PHL 423: Advanced Seminar in Medical Ethics
  • PHL 489: Philosophy of Medicine
  • Either PHL 386: Philosophy of Science or PHL 488: Philosophy of Mental Health
  • Any 9 additional hours of any PHL courses