Philosophy Minor

The minor in philosophy requires students to be well-grounded in the history of philosophy, especially ancient and early modern, covering the major texts of ethical and political theory as well as the major texts of epistemology and metaphysics. The emphasis on argument and logical structure in philosophy requires familiarity with contemporary logic, at least up to the level of the first-order predicate calculus. Beyond this foundational requirement, students take 4 courses tailored to their individual interests and, typically, to complement work being done in their major. To provide the greatest latitude, only 3 of the 4 remaining courses need be at the 300 or 400 level.

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Minor Requirements (8 units)
4 core courses: 1
PHIL 150-0Elementary Logic I
or PHIL 250-0 Elementary Logic II
PHIL 210-1History of Philosophy - Ancient
PHIL 210-3History of Philosophy - Early Modern
PHIL 260-0Introduction to Moral Philosophy
or PHIL 261-0 Introduction to Political Philosophy
4 additional courses: 2
At least 3 must be at the 300 or 400 level. A student who is admitted to and completes 1 or more 400-level courses may apply such courses toward this requirement.
Only 1 from the following courses offered by the Brady Scholars Program in Ethics and Civic Life may be counted: 3
PHIL 273-1The Brady Scholars Program: The Good Life
or PHIL 273-2 The Brady Scholars Program: The Moral Life
or PHIL 273-3 The Brady Scholars Program: The Good Society
No more than 1 eligible PHIL 399-0 may count toward the minor. See department website for criteria. Approval must be obtained in advance from both the instructor and the director of undergraduate studies.