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Philosophy explores logical explanations of reality, knowledge and morality. This minor will provide you with a basic understanding of the history of Western philosophy, complementing majors in religion, literature, the arts, history and science.


  • The philosophy minor introduces you to logic, critical thinking and philosophical ethics.
  • Texts from both ancient and modern philosophers are explored, and optional courses discuss theology and ethics, the philosophy of history and religion and the history of political theory, among other topics.

Career opportunities

The study of philosophy develops the ability to think logically and ethically; this ability can be useful in any professional environment, but is especially valuable in careers in ministry, data management, business development and nonprofit leadership.

Program director

Nathan Carson
Nathan Carson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Course listing

General Education Prerequisites

PHIL-100Introduction to Philosophy3

Required Courses* (minimum 15 Units)

PHIL-103Logic and Critical Thinking3

Select one of the following:

PHIL-331Ancient Philosophy3
PHIL-333Medieval Philosophy3
PHIL-335Modern Philosophy3
PHIL-39320th Century Western Thought3


Select three of the following:

PHIL-110Introduction to Philosophical Ethics3
PHIL-286**Topics in Philosophy3
PHIL-330Ancient and Medieval Rhetoric3
PHIL-331***Ancient Philosophy3
PHIL-333***Medieval Philosophy3
PHIL-335***Modern Philosophy3
PHIL-340Eastern Philosophy3
HIST-360Greece: Drama and Paideia in the Polis4
PHIL-393***20th Century Western Thought3
PHIL-405Philosophy of Religion3
PHIL-430American Wilderness Literature and Philosophy3
PHIL-450History of Political Theory and Ideas3
PHIL-455Philosophy of Language3
PHIL-460Philosophy of History3

* An upper-division course from another program may count toward the philosophy minor if the course is pertinent to the philosophy minor and approved by the philosophy program director.
**Multiple iterations of PHIL-286 or PHIL-486 can be taken, when the topic designation of each course is distinct from other iterations student has completed
*** PHIL-331, PHIL-333, PHIL-335 and PHIL-393 can be taken in either area, but cannot overlap to satisfy both requirements.