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Minors

The Department offers a minor in Ethics, Society, and Culture and a minor in Philosophy and Law. To sign up for a minor, please contact the Chief Departmental Advisor

The minor in Ethics, Society, and Culture is a good choice for students who are unable to complete the major, but are interested in philosophical thinking about morality, ethics, politics, aesthetics, culture and more generally about the meaning of living in a human world with others. This minor is a particularly good choice for students with interest in medical school and/or law school.

Any one (1) of the following:

  • PHL 103 | Society and the Individual (3)
  • PHL 105 | Theories of Human Nature (3)
  • PHL 131 | Introduction to Ethics (3)

And

At least fifteen (15) credit hours of the following:

  • PHL 205 | Science and Culture (3)
  • PHL 241 | Philosophy of Art (3)
  • PHL 311 | Ethical Theory (4)
  • PHL 312 | Contemporary Moral Problems (4)
  • PHL 331 | Political Philosophy (3)
  • PHL 335 | Philosophy of Law (4)
  • PHL 355 | Feminist Theory (3)
  • PHL 360.A | Confronting Death (4)
  • PHL 375 | Medical Ethics (4)
  • PHL 376 | Environmental Philosophy (4)
  • PHL 394 | Existentialism (3)
  • PHL 411 | Advanced Ethical Theories (4)
  • PHL 459 | Political Philosophy (4)
  • PHL 470 | Advanced Aesthetics (4)

The minor in Philosophy and Law offers students not majoring in philosophy the opportunity to explore key features of legal reasoning and the philosophy of law, and to connect these broader themes in social and political theory. 

Any one (1) of the following:

  • PHL 103 | Society and the Individual (3)
  • PHL 105 | Theories of Human Nature (3)
  • PHL 131 | Introduction to Ethics (3)

And

Both of the following:

  • PHL 273 | Formal Logic (4)
  • PHL 335 | Philosophy of Law (4)

And

At least nine (9) credit hours of the following:

  • PHL 263 | Informal Logic (3)
  • PHL 311 | Ethical Theory (4)
  • PHL 312 | Contemporary Moral Problems (4)
  • PHL 331 | Political Philosophy (3)
  • PHL 355 | Feminist Philosophy (3)
  • PHL 373 | Symbolic Logic (4)
  • PHL 376 | Environmental Philosophy (4)
  • PHL 411 | Advanced Ethical Theories (4)
  • PHL 459 | Political Philosophy Seminar (4)

Additionally, the Department occasionally offers special topics courses, and honors courses, in areas appropriate to both of these minors. These may be used in fulfillment of a requirement upon successful petition to the Department.