Philosophy, Minor

The Philosophy minor will provide students with skills that will enhance their academic performance whatever their major course of study and whatever their career aim. The hallmark of philosophy is the attempt to think with rigor and clarity about difficult and enduring questions: Who am I? What can I know? How should I act? In coming to understand and think philosophically about such questions, students develop the ability to think more clearly and deeply about any question. So, the study of philosophy, in itself often abstract and theoretical, pays dividends of the most practical sort, enabling the student to do whatever s/he chooses to do, better. Moreover, the philosophy minor gives the student’s academic record something distinctive, which is attractive to potential employers.

To fulfill a minor in Philosophy, students must complete a minimum of 18 semester hours of coursework with at least 9 hours of upper-division coursework. Students will choose from among 9 upper division courses and 3 lower division courses to complete the 18 hours required for the minor in Philosophy. Pre-requisites for the upper division courses will be CRIT 1101 Critical Thinking, ENGL 1101 English Composition I & ENGL 1102 English Composition II, and either PHIL 2010 Introduction to Philosophy, PHIL 2030 Ethics/History/Cntmpry Persp, or PHIL 2040 Intro to Aesthetics.

Program Requirements

Lower Division Requirements9
PHIL 2010Introduction to Philosophy3
PHIL 2030Ethics/History/Cntmpry Persp3
PHIL 2040Intro to Aesthetics3
Upper Division Courses9
Choose three from the following:
Ancient Philosophy
Medieval Philosophy
Modern Philosophy
Contemporary Philosophy
Philosophy of Religion
Special Topics in Philosophy
Directed Study
Total Credit Hours18