Philosophy, Minor

Expected Student Outcomes

  • Students will be able to recognize, analyze, and logically evaluate arguments encountered in sources ranging from philosophical and academic texts to the popular media.
  • Students will be able to construct and present clear, well-reasoned defenses of theses both verbally and in writing.
  • Students will be able to recognize and assess the relevance of philosophical ideas and methods in the historical interplay of philosophy and culture.
  • Students will be able to apply philosophical methods to conduct ethical, metaphysical, and epistemological analyses.

Outcomes Assessment Activities

The coordinator of the Philosophy Program maintains a portfolio for each student with a declared minor in philosophy. Portfolios include a student’s major papers written for the History of Philosophy courses, transcripts, and other pertinent information. Student portfolios, in conjunction with indirect measures such as the results from the annual survey of minors, form the basis for evaluating expected outcomes.

General Requirements

Students who wish to minor in philosophy must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours of approved philosophy courses with grades of C or better.

Specific Requirements for the Philosophy Minor

Course Title Credits
Required Philosophy Courses
PHIL 102Philosophical Literature3
PHIL 201Classics in Ethics3
PHIL 204Critical Reasoning (approved course in philosophical ethics)3
or PHIL 205 Deductive Logic
Elective Philosophy Courses
Select three of the following:9
The Ancients: Person, Polis, Cosmos
The Moderns: Science, Self, State
Continental Thought
American Pragmatism and its Legacy
Special Topics
Total Credits18