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Senior Assignment

The Senior Assignment will now entail taking PHIL 480: Senior Assignment.

The Senior Assignment provides a capstone experience for graduating seniors.  In the senior year, each philosophy major, whether a first or second major, must satisfy the university graduation requirement of a senior assignment by successfully completing PHIL 480, whose goal is to engage students in independent research culminating in a substantial paper and presentation.  Students are expected to produce the sort of paper that could be submitted to conferences (such as the Undergraduate Conference held at SIUE), or as a writing sample for Philosophy graduate programs.  While PHIL 480 will involve some discussion and instruction on good philosophical writing, it is not a goal of the course to teach students from scratch how to write a philosophical paper.  Rather, the goals are to provide instruction and guidance on conducting independent philosophical research, to provide constructive criticism, including peer review, as the project progresses, and to provide the opportunity to engage the work of one’s peers. Students will receive a letter grade for Phil 480.  As for other Philosophy courses, to count for credit toward the philosophy major the grade must be C or better.  A senior assignment paper may be accepted, and a student may receive a C or better in this class, only if the course paper is free of misspellings and usage errors. While the course and the grading are fully the responsibility of the instructor, philosophy faculty members are expected to be available at least once to discuss senior assignment projects with students who contact them.

Click here for a full description of the Senior Assignment.

For any questions concerning the Senior Assignment please contact the Major Advisor, Matthew Cashen,

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