The philosophy faculty have been discussing the possibility of adding some pre-requisites to some of our courses, and we’d like to have some student feedback on the idea. Let me explain the proposal a bit. Right now, anyone can walk in and take any of our philosophy courses. For many courses this is a fine idea, as we all believe that as many students as possible should be exposed to philosophy. But some courses really are pretty advanced, and some background would be really helpful: e.g., Epistemology and Contemporary European Philosophy. We are thinking of requiring one other, non-ethics philosophy course as a pre-req for these courses. Also, we’re thinking about requiring Ancient (or Intro) before Medieval, and Early Modern (or Intro) before Kant. And once we start offering Contemporary Ethical Theory again, we would require Intro or an ethics course for it.
What do you think? Feel free to add comments below as well.