Minor

Philosophy Minor
The 18-credit-hour minor in philosophy is comprised of 9 credit hours (or 3 courses) that provide the necessary foundation for advanced study in philosophy, and are therefore required of all students who choose the minor. The remaining 9 hours in the minor allow the student to choose three upper division (3000 or 4000 level) courses that explore those philosophical issues in which the student has the greatest interest.

Students Seeking a Philosophy Minor Must Take:

PHL 1000 Introduction to Philosophy 3 credits
PHL 2010 Ethics 3 credits

and One of the Following Courses in Logic:

PHL 1500 Introduction to Logic 3 credits
PHL 2500 Symbolic Logic 3 credits

Although all students may choose any combination of upper division elective courses in philosophy, students may configure this part of their minor in such a way that complements their major area of study. The Department of Philosophy suggests the following possible minor concentrations:

Pre-Law Students, Political Science and Criminal Justice Majors:

PHL 3010 Social and Political Philosophy 3 credits
PHL 3120 Contemporary Moral Issues 3 credits
PHL 3200 Contemporary Ethical Theory 3 credits
PHL 3560 Peace and Social Justice 3 credits
PHL 4240 Philosophy of Law 3 credits
ETH 3590 Ethics and Public Policy 3 credits

Business Major:

PHL 3010 Social and Political Philosophy 3 credits
PHL 3120 Contemporary Moral Issues 3 credits
PHL 3200 Contemporary Ethical Theory 3 credits
PHL 3560 Peace and Social Justice 3 credits

Nursing, Dental and Health Professions Majors:

PHL 3120 Contemporary Moral Issues 3 credits
PHL 3200 Contemporary Ethical Theory 3 credits
ETH 3580 Health Care Ethics 3 credits

History Major:

PHL 3060 Ancient Philosophy 3 credits
PHL 3070 Medieval Philosophy 3 credits
PHL 3080 Early Modern Philosophy 3 credits
PHL 3650 African Philosophy and Culture 3 credits
PHL 4400 Contemporary Philosophy 3 credits

Religious Studies Major:

PHL 3020 Philosophy of Religion 3 credits
PHL 3030 Philosophy of God 3 credits
PHL 3040 Aquinas and Recent Scholarship 3 credits
PHL 3070 Medieval Philosophy 3 credits
PHL 3650 African Philosophy and Culture 3 credits

Ethics:

PHL 3120 Contemporary Moral Issues 3 credits
PHL 3200 Contemporary Ethical Theory 3 credits
PHL 3560 Peace and Social Justice 3 credits

Architecture Major:

PHL 3050 Aesthetics 3 credits
PHL 3200 Contemporary Ethical Theory 3 credits
PHL 3560 Peace and Social Justice 3 credits

Psychology Major:

PHL 3080 Early Modern Philosophy 3 credits
PHL 3580 Health Care Ethics 3 credits
PHL 4060 Metaphysics 3 credits
PHL 4070 Epistemology 3 credits
PHL 4400 Contemporary Philosophy 3 credits

Science Major:

PHL 3120 Contemporary Moral Issues 3 credits
ETH 3580 Health Care Ethics 3 credits
PHL 4060 Metaphysics 3 credits
PHL 4070 Epistemology 3 credits

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • These examples are not exclusive of other philosophy minors that can complement other majors in the University curriculum. Through the use of Directed Readings (limit one per minor) and Advanced Topics in Philosophy courses, the Philosophy Department can help students design minors that best compliment their particular major and/or interests.
  • Students seeking a philosophy minor are encouraged to take more than the 18 hours required.

  • PHL 1000 is a prerequisite for all other philosophy courses except for PHL 1400 and 1500, which may be taken without prior coursework in philosophy.
  • A minor tracking form may be downloaded here.