Philosophy Minor


The 18-credit-hour minor in Philosophy is comprised of nine credit hours (or three courses) that provide the necessary foundation for advanced study in philosophy (PHL 1000, PHL 2010 and PHL 1500 or PHL 2500) and are therefore required of all students who choose the minor. The remaining nine hours in the minor allow the student to choose three upper division PHL 3000-level or PHL 4000-level courses that explore those philosophical issues in which the student has the greatest interest.

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    Required Courses (18 credits)

    Required (9 credits)

    • PHL 1000 Introduction to Philosophy (3 credits)
    • PHL 2010 Foundations of Ethics (3 credits)
    • PHL 1500 Critical Thinking (3 credits) OR  PHL 2500 Symbolic Logic (3 credits)

    Additional Courses - choose three (9 credits):

    • Select 3 PHL courses at the 3000-level or 4000-level*. (3 credits, each)

    * The following courses are accepted as 3000/4000-level PHL courses:  POL 3800 Elements of Political Thought, three credits, and ETH 3580 Health Care Ethics, three credits. Students may only count one directed study (PHL 4950) as an upper division PHL elective.

    Important Notes:

    • The Department recommends that students considering a minor consult with an advisor in the Philosophy Department when choosing upper division Philosophy elective courses. Through the use of directed readings (limit one per minor) and advanced topics in Philosophy courses, the Philosophy Department can help students design minors that best complement their particular major and/or interests.
    • Students seeking a Philosophy minor are encouraged to take more than the 18 hours required.
    • PHL 1000 is a prerequisite for all other Philosophy courses except for PHL 1400, PHL 1500 and PHL 2500; these are logic courses which may be taken without prior coursework in Philosophy.
    • For a list of PHL 3000+ level Philosophy courses, see our list of courses.
    • Please contact a member of the Philosophy Department for advising in the minor.

Program Contact Information

Department Chair: Juan Carlos Flores, Ph.D.
Briggs Building, Room 304
McNichols Campus

Telephone: 313-993-3318
Fax: 313-993-1166

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