The Department of Philosophy offers an undergraduate minor in Philosophy, as well as participating in in the interdisciplinary minors in Bioethics and Cognitive Science.

The Philosophy Minor

The minor in Philosophy requires a minimum of 18 graduation credits, 9 or more of which must be in course work at or above the 300 level and/or in courses requiring at least one prerequisite course) from course work with an A Phi prefix, including at least two of the following:
  • Phi 110 - Introduction to Philosophical Problems
  • Phi 210 - Symbolic Logic
  • Phi 212 - Introduction to Ethical Theories; or Phi 326
  • Phi 310 - Ancient Philosophy; typically offered only in the Fall semester
  • Phi 312 - 17th & 18th Century Philosophy; typically offered only in the Spring semester

The Bioethics Minor

Requirements:

A minimum of 18 graduation credits including an introductory course (A PHI 114 or 115 or 212); an introductory course in biology (A BIO 102, 110, 120 or A BIO 209; biology majors may substitute an advanced biology course for this requirement); Moral Problems in Medicine (A PHI 338); 3 credits at 300-level or higher in ethical and/or political theory (A PHI 320, 321, 326, 425, 474 or R POS 301, 302, 306, 307, 308, 310); and 6 credits from advanced related courses.

Advanced related courses include: A ANT 312, 360, 361, 364, 365, 418, 450; A BIO 205, 212, 214, 311, 318, 329; A ECO 381; A GOG 310; A PHI 355, A PHI 417; A PSY 329, 385, 387; A SOC 359; H SPH 342; R CRJ 405; R POS 328; U UNI 310.

Advanced related graduate courses include: A ANT 511, 517, 518; A BIO 511, 519; A ECO 509, 511, 512; A PHI 505, 506, 517; H EPI 501, 502; H HPM 501, 511; R POS/RPUB 502. Students may use other courses to fulfill the related courses requirement at the discretion of the director of the program, Professor Bonnie Steinbock.

The Cognitive Science Minor

The minor in Cognitive Science requires 18 Credits, 9 Credits or more of which must be in course work at or above the 300 level and/or in courses requiring a prerequisite. All students must take
  • Introduction to Cognitive Science (A LIN 301, A PHI 301, or A PSY 301)
  • 3 courses from: A CSI 201N, A LIN 321, APHI 210L, A PSY 365
  • 6 Credits from the following:
    • A CSI 101N, 201N, 210, 310, 409
    • A LIN 322, 421, or 421Z, 422
    • A PHI 332, 415, 418, 422, 432
    • A PSY 210, 211, 381, 382, 382Z
Contact the Program in Linguistics and Cognitive Science for more information.