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Last updated 12 June 2016

Minors admistered by
the Department of Philosophy

A minor is a related set of academic courses consisting of no fewer than 15 credit hours. The Department of Philosophy is home to two minors:

  1. Philosophy Minor (code: PHIL-MN)
  2. Ethics Minor (code: ETHICS-MN)

A complete list of all minors at R.I.T. is available here .

Note: A minor must be declared officially for it to appear on your transcript.

1. The Philosophy Minor

Note: Philosophy Majors are not eligible to take this minor.

The Philosophy Minor provides students with the critical skills of philosophical analysis while they take courses on a wide variety of issues central to everyone’s existence. Students will get a solid grasp of the major philosophers, movements, and topics of philosophical debate that continue to shape our lives and how we act.

Requirements for the Philosophy Minor:

  • Five philosophy courses from the 200 level or above.
  • At least one course must be at the 400 level.
  • Students who have taken at least two philosophy courses are encouraged to take the Seminar in Philosophy (PHIL 416).
  • Students must have an average of at least 2.0 for the five courses.

How to sign up for the Philosophy minor:

  1. Obtain a “Minor Authorization Form” from the Office of the Registrar (online here: Non-Restricted Forms) or from the Liberal Arts Office of Student Services (2nd floor of Liberal Arts). The Philosophy minor code is PHIL-MN.
  2. Meet with the Philosophy Minor advisor (see below).
  3. After obtaining the advisor’s signature, have the form signed by the head of your own department.
  4. Take the completed form to the Registrar’s office for processing.

For further information, contact the
Philosophy Minor Advisor:
Professor John T. Sanders
Department of Philosophy
92 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5604

Phone: (585) 475-2465
Email: jtsgsh@rit.edu
Office: Liberal Arts 3112

2. The Ethics Minor

Note: Philosophy Majors are not eligible to take this minor.

The ethics minor provides students with the ability to recognize ethical issues and to think critically to resolve them, both generally and within their chosen discipline. They also learn how ethical problems can result from complex social structures and how changing structural features may avoid ethical problems.

Five courses are required for the Ethics Minor:

  • Foundations of Moral Philosophy (PHIL 202).
  • Ethical Theory (PHIL 415).
  • One course from Philosophy of Law (PHIL 304), Philosophy of Peace (PHIL 305), Professional Ethics (PHIL 306), Environmental Philosophy (PHIL 308), Feminist Theory (PHIL 309), Social and Political Philosophy (PHIL 403).
  • At least one course (and preferably two) from another department: Social Inequality (SOCI 225), Crime, Justice & Ethics (CRIM 299), Genetics & Society (BIOL 255), Placebo, Suggestion, Research & Health (MEDS 360), Business Ethics & Corporate Responsibility (MGMT 340), Ethics, Values & Public Policy (PUBL 201), Ethics in Computing (ISTE 110). (We urge you to take two courses from this list. But if you elect to take only one, then you must take another course in philosophy from the list in the previous bullet.)

How to sign up for the Ethics minor:

  1. Obtain a “Minor Authorization Form” from the Office of the Registrar (online here: Non-Restricted Forms) or from the Liberal Arts Office of Student Services (2nd floor of Liberal Arts). The Ethics minor code is ETHICS-MN.
  2. Meet with the Ethics Minor advisor (see below).
  3. After obtaining the advisor’s signature, have the form signed by the head of your own department.
  4. Take the completed form to the Registrar’s office for processing.

For further information, contact the
Ethics Minor Advisor:
Professor Wade Robison
Department of Philosophy
92 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5604

Phone: (585) 475-6643
Email: wlrgsh@rit.edu
Office: Liberal Arts 1116