Minor in Philosophy

Catalog Year: 2023-2024


The philosophy minor allows students majoring in other disciplines to expand their analytical and critical thinking skills while engaging with pressing ethical, social, and political issues. Students will gain a grounding in the history of philosophy and with the help of an advisor, will select a range of electives that complement their major, future career plans and/or personal interests. Courses available span ancient, modern and contemporary philosophy, and focus on questions of knowledge, reality and existence; ethics, including bioethics, environmental ethics and existentialist ethics; social and political philosophy; and philosophy of art, literature and science, among other areas.

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Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18

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Core Course in History of Philosophy

Select one course in the history of philosophy from the following: 3
History of Western Philosophy: Ancient
History of Western Philosophy: Modern
Total Credits 3


Select five electives in philosophy. At least 9 of the elective credits must be at the 300 level or above. 15
Total Credits 15