Philosophy Minor

Requirements for a minor in Philosophy.


Courses in philosophy are designed to invite students into a dialogue with major thinkers throughout history about the meaning and nature of human existence.  Through reading great works by Plato, Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, René Descartes, Immanuel Kant, Friedrich Nietzsche, and others, students discover how philosophical ideas have informed the way we understand ourselves and our world today.  The perennial questions asked by philosophers concern realities such as human freedom and knowledge, morality and politics, soul and its relation to the body, God’s existence and nature.  Reading and thinking about these great works inspires students to consider and articulate their own philosophical perspectives.

All students are required to take one of the following to fulfill their Liberal Arts Core requirement: PL 101, PL 102, PL 103 or PL 104. Courses in philosophy encourage students to read and think carefully and critically and provide an excellent preparation for careers in law, business, communications, and education.  Basic to a liberal arts education, the study of philosophy enhances any humanities major.

Minor Requirements: A minimum of 18 credits including at least one but no more than two of the following: PL 101, PL 102, PL 103 or PL 104.