Philosophy Minor

The Philosophy Minor provides a brief but comprehensive introduction to the study of philosophy.  A sequence of courses in the history of philosophy serves as the core of the program.   Students trace the emergence of Western philosophy from its origins in ancient Greece, examine the role of philosophy in shaping the modern world view, and study traditional Western and non-Western approaches to ethics.  The aim of these courses is to offer an integrative approach to the study of philosophy.  The basic areas of philosophy, such as ethics, metaphysics, and theory of knowledge, are presented as interconnected fields of inquiry, related to wider cultural and historical contexts.  Elective courses may be chosen to extend and complete this survey of the history of philosophy, or to offer a more focused and specialized study of some area of philosophy.  The minor begins with a course in logic or critical thinking, and also requires a course in theory applied to a discipline outside of philosophy, in order to demonstrate the force of philosophical thought in other academic fields.

As a complement to the student's major field of study, the Philosophy Minor serves the following objectives:

  • to introduce the student to the basic thematic areas of philosophic study (logic, metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, etc.);
  • to introduce the student to a variety of philosophical traditions, Western and non-Western;
  • to foster the student's understanding of philosophical issues related specifically to the academic disciplines, including the student's major field of study;
  • to help the student achieve greater understanding of the relations between academic fields and the importance of interdisciplinary inquiry;
  • to help the student appreciate the practical applications of philosophical investigation in matters of social and personal concern; 
  • and overall, to enrich and broaden the student's intellectual life.
As core values, the Philosophy Minor emphasizes the importance of critical and creative thinking, clear and coherent use of language, openness to plural approaches to problems, and the importance of multiple cultural traditions within the field of philosophy.

Philosophy Minor Requirements

Note:  Courses used to satisfy requirements of the minor may also be used to fulfill GE requirements. Students may apply up to nine units of transfer credit toward the minor. Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course for the minor.


  Units
Critical Thinking and Logic
One of the following: PHIL 110 PHIL 210
(Or any course fulfilling the General Education Critical Thinking requirement [Area A3].)
3
   
History of Philosophy
PHIL 310
PHIL 312
PHIL 318
9
   

Philosophy Elective 3
One of the following:
PHIL 311
PHIL 314
PHIL 315
PHIL 318
PHIL 330
PHIL 335
PHIL 340
PHIL 345
PHIL 350
PHIL 355
PHIL 390
PHIL 499

3
   
Extra-Disciplinary Elective 3
Taken in a field outside of philosophy;
a course in intellectual history or in theory applied to a specific academic field. (Chosen in consultation with Philosophy Department advisor; may also be used to fulfill requirements of the student's major.)
3
   
Exit Seminar 1
PHIL 490
1
Total Units 19