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Minors Programs

Philosophy Minor Programs

Students whose main area of study is philosophy may take a minor in another subject area. Choosing a minor program broadens your area of study and allows you to graduate with a customized degree. If you have specific questions about combining a minor program with your philosophy degree, please consult the Philosophy Undergraduate Advisor.
Please note
that not all courses are offered each year. You should consult the Undergraduate Advisor for any questions about the minor programs.

Disciplinary Minor in Philosophy

At least 3 full credits (18 credit hours) and no more than 4.5 (27 credit hours) in Philosophy beyond the 1000 level, including at least one 3 credit hour class beyond the 2000 level:

PHIL 2130 (Logic: Deduction -- 3 credit hours)
PHIL 2085 (Reasoning Skills – 3 credit hours),
PHIL 2090 (How to Win an Argument – 3 credit hours),
PHIL 2660 (Logic: Understanding Scientific Reasoning -- 3 credit hours).

Subspecialty Minor in Applied Ethics

At least 18 credit hours and no more than 27 credit hours in Philosophy beyond the 1000 level, including at least one 3 credit hour class beyond the 2000 level.

Select at least one 3 credit hour class from the following:
    PHIL 2130 (Logic: Deduction – 3 credit hours)
    PHIL 2085 (Reasoning Skills – 3 credit hours)
    PHIL 2090 (How to Win an Argument – 3 credit hours)
    PHIL 2660 (Logic: Understanding Scientific Reasoning -  3 credit hours).

Select PHIL3105: Ethics (this course is mandatory, 3 credit hours).

Select at least three 3 credit hour courses from the following:
    PHIL2805 (Ethics & Health Care: Patient Care -  3 credit hours)
    PHIL2810 (Ethics & Health Care: Social Policy -  3 credit hours)
    PHIL2081 (Ethics in the World of Business -  3 credit hours)
    PHIL2480 (Environmental Ethics -  3 credit hours)
    PHIL2485 (Technology and the Environment -  3 credit hours)
    PHIL2490 (Social, Ethical and Professional Issues in Computer Science -  3 credit hours)
    PHIL4805 (Topics in Ethics and Health Care -  3 credit hours)
    PHIL4115 (Topics in Ethics -  3 credit hours).

Subspeciality Minor in Bioethics

At least 18 credit hours and no more than  27 credit hours in Philosophy beyond the 1000 level, including at least one 3 credit hour course beyond the 2000 level.

Select at least one 3 credit hour course from the following:
PHIL 2130 (Logic: Deduction – 3 credit hours),
PHIL 2085 (Reasoning Skills – 3 credit hours),
PHIL 2090 (How to Win an Argument – 3 credit hours),
PHIL 2660 (Logic: Understanding Scientific Reasoning - 3 credit hours).

Select PHIL3105: Ethics (this course is mandatory, 3 credit hours)

Select at least three 3 credit hour courses from the following:
PHIL2805 (Ethics and Health Care: Patient Care – 3 credit hours),
PHIL2810 (Ethics and Health Care: Social Policy – 3 credit hours),
PHIL2720 (Ethics and the Good Life – 3 credit hours),
PHIL 3800 (Philosophy of Medicine -- 3 credit hours)
PHIL4801 (Topics in Health Care Ethics –3 credit hours)


One of the most popular minors that philosophy students elect to take is the Law and Society Minor. If you are a philosophy student who is interested in law, this may be a good option. For more information please contact the Law and Society Coordinator, Margaret Denike.