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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017


The study of philosophy develops students' reasoning and expository skills and increases their understanding of the foundations of human knowledge and value. The department views philosophy as an activity rather than a body of doctrine and students can expect to receive training in clear thinking, inventive synthesis, and precise expression. For some, this will serve as preparation for graduate studies in philosophy. However, philosophical skills are useful in professions such as law, medicine, government, business management, and in any field that demands intellectual rigor. The department offers a wide range of courses, including several that deal with the philosophy of various disciplines outside philosophy itself.

The requirements for a minor in Philosophy are as follows:

A total of at least 18 hours (six courses, at least three of which must be at least 300-level or above) in philosophy, not counting internship course (PHIL386). For a course to count toward a student's minor, the grade in the course must be "C-" or above. For students who matriculated in September 2012 or later, the average of all grades counted toward the minor must be 2.0 or greater. Therefore, grades of "C-" will have to be balanced with higher grades. ("C-" counts as 1.7 toward the GPA) Candidates for the minor must satisfy the following distribution:

  • at least one course numbered 200 or above in the history of pre-twentieth century philosophy
  • at least one course numbered 200 or above in value theory (including aesthetics and political philosophy as well as ethics)
  • at least one course numbered 200 or above in metaphysics or epistemology (including philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of religion, as well as metaphysics and theory of knowledge)

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