Develop your capacities for creative, clear thinking and careful reasoning by studying philosophy.

The 18-credit minor in Philosophy acquaints students with humankind’s most fundamental attempts at self-knowledge and provides a basis from which students can formulate their own views of themselves and the world. Philosophy is the oldest academic discipline, and philosophers strive to uncover wisdom in every dimension of human existence. Consequently, Philosophy shares interests with, and complements, most other academic disciplines.

The study of Philosophy helps students develop their capacities for creative, clear thinking and careful reasoning. The development of these skills, attitudes, and capacities makes the Philosophy minor an excellent complement to any major in preparation for graduate or professional study, conscientious citizenship, and a successful career.

What Will You Study?

Philosophy students study a range of important and interesting questions, such as:

  • What makes us happy?
  • Is there a God? If so, what is God like?
  • Should you be a vegetarian?
  • Should the U.S. pay reparations to Native Americans?
  • What kind of responsibilities do countries have to each other during a global pandemic?
  • Are conspiracy theories ever right?
  • Can A.I. ever have consciousness?
  • Should marijuana and other drugs be legalized?
  • How different are humans and animals really?

Why Minor in Philosophy?

Philosophy will give you a powerful set of tools to communicate, think critically, see new perspectives, and solve problems. Students who study Philosophy perform very strongly on graduate entrance exams like the LSAT or GRE (see below) and improve their career earning prospects.

Summary of Requirements

18 credits distributed as follows:

  • Required Course – Logic (3 credits)
  • One Philosophy Ethics course (3cr.); including Social Ethics, Bioethics, or Business Ethics
    12 credits in four other Philosophy elective courses

Meet the Coordinator

Dr. Peter A. Antich
Casey Hall 19