The Philosophy Minor


REQUIREMENTS:

Philosophy minors must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours (usually five courses) in Philosophy, including one Introductory course, and either Historical Introduction to Philosophy (PH 350) or Human Nature (PH 360), unless arrangements are made with the Philosophy Program Director.  Philosophy minors are also expected to take Philosophical Ethics (PH 340) or an equivalent course.

Recommended Sequence is as follows:


PH

110 / 270

Logic / Introduction to Philosophy

PH

360

Historical Introduction to Philosophy / Human Nature

PH

340 / 390

Philosophical Ethics


Two Electives, one preferably 400 level or above.


WHY MINOR IN PHILOSOPHY?

A minor in philosophy provides rigor and clarity of thought and is an excellent supplement to several other liberal arts majors.  It also supplies all students with analytical skills that help solve real-world problems and a systematic moral foundation.  Studying philosophy also develops a deep understanding of the history of thought that will be rewarding throughout life and invaluable in many different contexts.

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CONSTRUCTING A PHILOSOPHY MINOR TO COMPLEMENT YOUR MAJOR:

You should consult with your advisor and the Philosophy Program Director to create a minor that complements your interests and major.  Below are examples of possible courses for different minors:
 
Sample philosophy minor for Psychology majors:
Logic
Responsibility and Punishment
Introduction to Philosophy
Philosophy of Religion
Emotions, Love, and the Meaning of Life
Eastern Philosophy

Sample philosophy minor for Pastoral Ministry or Theology majors:
Logic
Human Nature
Philosophical Ethics
Philosophy of Religion
Emotions, Love and the Meaning of Life
Bioethics

Sample philosophy minor for History, Political Science and Global Studies majors:
Introduction to Philosophy
Human Nature
Political Thought I
Political Thought II
Philosophical Ethics
Responsibility and Punishment

Sample philosophy minor for students majoring in one of the sciences:
Logic
Introduction to Philosophy
Responsibility and Punishment
Philosophical Ethics
Bioethics
Philosophy of Religion