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Philosophy encompasses a broad range of subjects and a wide variety of methodologies. In general, all philosophers pursue knowledge and truth about the world, the good life, human nature, and our relationships to others.

Philosophy Minor

Many people believe that philosophy, as the pre-eminent liberal art, is worth studying for its own sake. You might study philosophy because it helps you understand yourself, and other people, as you prepare for your career and life in the world. You might choose to major in philosophy simply because you enjoy thinking philosophically. Whatever brings you to philosophy, our program allows you to pursue your academic interests — wherever they might lead.

What Will I Learn?

Many students find this minor to be a valuable complement to their major in business, education, science, or one of the other liberal arts.

This 21 credit program (7 courses) requires one introductory course (PHI 102 Introduction to Philosophy, PHI 210 History of Western Philosophy to 1500, or PHI 211 History of Western Philosophy from 1500) one logic course (typically PHI 213 Symbolic Logic), and one course course from the History of Philosophy and one on a Problem in Philosophy. Complete the remaining 9 credits as electives chosen in consultation with an advisor.

What is Unique About Our Program?

Faculty members are dedicated to their teaching and to undergraduate students. They are enthusiastic about advising and helping you progress through your studies. Engage in lively discussions about philosophical issues, and be involved in research projects. You are encouraged to explore your own interests and to follow connections to other disciplines such as literature, art, psychology, anthropology, computer science, history, among others.

What Are My Career Opportunities?

What career could be in your future? People with a minor in philosophy may have careers in the following:

  • Education
  • Business
  • Government
  • Public service
  • Community activism
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