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Philosophy Minor

Program of Study and Curriculum Requirements

The philosophy minor helps students respond to every person’s primary task: becoming the person he or she would like to be. 

Philosophy students develop their own morally coherent identity by studying and questioning what great and wise people before them have said about the nature of the good life. At the same time, they develop critical thinking skills useful in a wide range of careers from law to teaching.

Students minoring in philosophy study historical and contemporary answers to life’s fundamental questions and formulate their own answers. This active learning encourages them to become life-long learners and many will go on to graduate school in areas such as law, business, public administration and even medicine.



Philosophy minors will: 

  • demonstrate an awareness of the power and limits of language to create a difference between appearance and reality by describing and critiquing alternate conceptions of the world, from the ancients through the early moderns to the contemporary
  • demonstrate knowledge of major moral theories of Western thought, make clear distinctions between them, and apply them to cases
  • use philosophical argument to clarify and move toward resolution of issues of applied ethics and social justice
  • demonstrate relevant critical-thinking skills

THE PHILOSOPHY MINOR is made up of 18 credits of philosophy coursework. Students wishing to minor in Philosophy should consult the program coordinator.


Joseph Romano, PhD
Professor Emeritus, Philosophy

Sharon Schwarze, PhD  
Professor Emerita, Philosophy and Liberal Studies