Philosophy, Minor

Liberal Arts (Code 400-400)

Twenty-four semester credits, including:
At least three credits from each of the following three categories, for a total of nine credits:9
Logic and Critical Thinking
Symbolic Logic
History of Philosophy:
Classical Chinese Philosophy
Ancient Philosophy
Early Modern Philosophy
Modern European Philosophy I
Modern European Philosophy II
Knowledge and Reality
Core Areas:
Philosophical Ethics
The remaining fifteen credits will be selected from philosophy courses 1, 2, 315

PHIL 101 and PHIL 120 are disallowed for minor credit if taken after the student has earned nine credits in philosophy.


No more than three credits of PHIL 397 and PHIL 498 are allowed toward the minor.


Upon approval of the department up to six credits from courses other than philosophy may be applied to the minor.

All philosophy minors shall complete a reflection paper, usually during the senior year, in which the student analyzes and reflects on his or her learning experiences as a philosophy minor in light of the philosophy minor’s learning goals and outcomes. 

Program Learning Outcomes 

Students completing this program will be expected to meet the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the major questions, central methods, issues, figures, and arguments in the core areas of philosophy and its history. 
  • Employ the tools of formal and informal logic to identify, construct, analyze, evaluate, and respond to arguments. 
  • Make connections across texts and philosophical traditions and/or between philosophy and everyday life. 
  • Clearly articulate ideas and arguments in writing and speech. 
  • Engage in self-reflection and achieve greater self-understanding, exhibiting openness to alternative possibilities and conceptual frameworks.