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Last updated 13 January 2016

The Philosophy Minor

Philosophy minor code: PHIL-MN

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

Phone: (585) 475-2465
Office: Liberal Arts 3112

This minor provides basic competency in a variety of areas of philosophical inquiry and in developing the critical skills central to philosophical analysis. Students should achieve an articulate understanding of many of the great philosophers, major philosophical issues, and methods of philosophical inquiry that shape our most fundamental forms of critical reflection upon human life and conduct. As a result, students will develop understanding and skills that directly enhance their future personal and professional lives.

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.
  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.

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).

NOTE: Students must have an average of at least 2.0 for the five courses.

Here is a complete list of the courses available for the minor (click on course names for brief descriptions):

PHIL 201 Ancient Philosophy
PHIL 202 Foundations of Moral Philosophy
PHIL 203 Modern Philosophy
PHIL 204 Introduction to Logic
PHIL 301 Philosophy of Religion
PHIL 302 Symbolic Logic
PHIL 303 Philosophy of Art/Aesthetics
PHIL 304 Philosophy of Law
PHIL 305 Philosophy of Peace
PHIL 306 Professional Ethics
PHIL 307 Philosophy of Technology
PHIL 308 Environmental Philosophy
PHIL 309 Feminist Theory
PHIL 310 Theories of Knowledge
PHIL 311 East Asian Philosophy
PHIL 312 American Philosophy
PHIL 313 Philosophy of Film
PHIL 314 Philosophy of Vision and Imaging
PHIL 401 Great Thinkers
PHIL 402 Philosophy of Science
PHIL 403 Social and Political Philosophy
PHIL 404 Philosophy of Mind
PHIL 405 Philosophy of the Social Sciences
PHIL 406 Contemporary Philosophy
PHIL 407 Philosophy of Action
PHIL 408 Critical Social Theory
PHIL 409 Existentialism
PHIL 410 Medieval Philosophy
PHIL 411 Metaphysics
PHIL 412 Nineteenth Century Philosophy
PHIL 413 Philosophy and Literary Theory
PHIL 414 Philosophy of Language
PHIL 415 Ethical Theory
PHIL 416 Seminar in Philosophy
PHIL 449 Special Topics
PHIL 571 Honors Philosophy

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
Office: Liberal Arts-3112