Philosophy Minor

18 credits (6 courses)

Students of philosophy become acquainted with many of the most profound questions and issues that have fascinated humanity for the last 2,500 years – issues like knowledge, reality, ethics, and art - while instilling you with skills that will benefit you in any career.  You will be trained to understand and evaluate arguments as well as make them yourselves.  You will be practiced in communicating ideas clearly and persuasively.  And in general, you will learn to think carefully, broadly, and deeply.

In order to ensure sufficient breadth of knowledge, the philosophy minor requires you to take courses in the three core areas of the discipline

The History of Philosophy (exploring distinctive historical periods, like ancient Greece or the European enlightenment)
Metaphysics, Epistemology, and the Philosophy of Science (emphasizing the study of knowledge and reality)
Value Theory (emphasizing ethics, social philosophy, and the study of art)


Complete six three-credit philosophy courses. The selection of courses must include one course from each of the three categories shown below. In addition, two of the six courses chosen for the minor must be upper-level courses. Upper-level PHIL courses are those with numbers above 1000 except for PHIL 1380 Business Ethics.

I. History of Philosophy

PHIL 0200 History of Ancient Philosophy
PHIL 0210 History of Modern Philosophy
PHIL 0220 Introduction to Existentialism
PHIL 1245 American Philosophy

II. Metaphysics, Epistemology, and Philosophy of Science

PHIL 0470 Philosophy of Religion
PHIL 1340 Feminist Philosophy
PHIL 1460 Theory of Knowledge
PHIL 1640 Philosophy of Psychology

III. Value Theory

PHIL 0300 Introduction to Ethics
PHIL 0320 Social Philosophy
PHIL 0365 Moral Philosophy and the Law
PHIL 1380 Business Ethics

Each course for the Philosophy minor must be completed with a grade of C- or better.