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 department. 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.