Philosophy
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Minor in Philosophy

Students can take a general minor or one organized around specific emphases, each of which stresses a different aspect of philosophy. The emphasis in the history of philosophy is particularly useful to students in the humanities, especially those who wish to pursue graduate study. The emphasis in reality, knowledge, and science is especially beneficial for students majoring in the human and natural sciences. The emphasis in social and political philosophy is recommended for students who plan to pursue a career in law or politics.

For policies governing all minors, see the Undergraduate Policies section of the University Catalog.

Minor Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

Students pursuing this minor must complete 18 credits in philosophy with a minimum grade of 2.00 in each course. No course may be used to fulfill more than one requirement. Eight credits of course work must be unique to the minor.

One course (3 credits) in logic chosen from:

PHIL 173 - Logic and Critical Thinking Credits: 3

PHIL 376 - Symbolic Logic Credits: 3

Two courses (6 credits) in history of philosophy:

PHIL 301 - History of Western Philosophy: Ancient Credits: 3

PHIL 303 - History of Western Philosophy: Modern Credits: 3

Three elective courses (9 credits) in philosophy

At least 6 of the elective credits must be at the 300 level or above. Students may choose to focus their three electives in one of the emphases below.

Emphasis in history of philosophy

One course (3 credits) in the history of philosophy chosen from:

PHIL 325 - Karl Marx's Social and Political Thought Credits: 3

PHIL 332 - Twentieth-Century Analytic Philosophy Credits: 3

PHIL 335 - Nineteenth-Century Philosophy Credits: 3

PHIL 336 - Twentieth-Century Continental Thought: Existentialism Credits: 3

PHIL 337 - Twentieth-Century Continental Thought: Phenomenology Credits: 3

Two elective courses (6 credits) in philosophy

Emphasis in reality, knowledge, and science

Two courses (6 credits) chosen from:

PHIL 337 - Twentieth-Century Continental Thought: Phenomenology Credits: 3

PHIL 340 - Hermeneutic Philosophy Credits: 3

PHIL 357 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences Credits: 3

PHIL 371 - Philosophy of Natural Sciences Credits: 3

PHIL 373 - Theory of Knowledge Credits: 3

PHIL 374 - Philosophy of Mind Credits: 3

PHIL 377 - Darwin: Biology and Beyond Credits: 3

PHIL 378 - Reason, Science and Faith in the Modern Age Credits: 3

One elective course (3 credits) in philosophy

Emphasis in social and political philosophy

Three courses (9 credits) chosen from:

PHIL 311 - Philosophy of Law Credits: 3

PHIL 323 - Classical Western Political Theory Credits: 3

PHIL 324 - Modern Western Political Theory Credits: 3

PHIL 325 - Karl Marx's Social and Political Thought Credits: 3

PHIL 327 - Contemporary Western Political Theory Credits: 3

PHIL 338 - Philosophy, Sex, and Gender Credits: 3

Total: 18 credits

Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

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