The philosophy minor allows students majoring in other disciplines to expand their analytical and critical thinking skills while engaging with pressing ethical, social, and political issues. Students will gain a grounding in the history of philosophy and with the help of an advisor, will select a range of electives that complement their major, future career plans and/or personal interests. Courses available span ancient, modern and contemporary philosophy, and focus on questions of knowledge, reality and existence; ethics, including bioethics, environmental ethics and existentialist ethics; social and political philosophy; and philosophy of art, literature and science, among other areas.


Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor and students must earn a minimum grade of 2.00 in all courses applied to the minor. No course may be used to fulfill more than one requirement.

For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Banner Code: PHIL

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Core Course in History of Philosophy

Select one course in the history of philosophy from the following:3
History of Western Philosophy: Ancient
History of Western Philosophy: Modern
Total Credits3


Select five electives in philosophy. At least 9 of the elective credits must be at the 300 level or above. 15
Total Credits15