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Philosophy minor

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services

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

Notes about this minor:

  • This minor is closed to students majoring in philosophy.
  • Posting of the minor on the student’s academic transcript requires a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the minor. 
Choose five of the following:*
   PHIL-201    Ancient Philosophy
   PHIL-202    Foundations of Moral Philosophy
   PHIL-203    Modern Philosophy
   PHIL-205    Symbolic Logic
   PHIL-301    Philosophy of Religion
   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-315    Responsible Knowing
   PHIL-316    Bioethics and Society
   PHIL-317    Renaissance Philosophy
   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-417    Continental European Philosophy
   PHIL-449    Special Topics
   PHIL-571    Honors Philosophy

* At least one course must be at the 400 level.

Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters.
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Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Legacy Quarter Text: 

The philosophy 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. This minor is closed to students enrolled in the philosophy program.

Electives—Choose five of the following:*
0509-440 Philosophy of Religion
0509-441 Logic
0509-442 Philosophy of Art/Aesthetics‡
0509-443 Philosophy of Science**
0509-444 The Great Thinkers†
0509-445 Social and Political Philosophy§
0509-446 Philosophy of Law
0509-447 Contemporary Moral Problems
0509-448 Philosophy of Peace
0509-449 Special Topics†
0509-450 Seminar in Philosophy*†
0509-451 Professional Ethics
0509-452 Philosophy of Technology
0509-453 Environmental Philosophy
0509-454 Feminist Theory‡
0509-455 Theories of Knowledge
0509-456 Ancient Philosophy
0509-457 Modern Philosophy
0509-458 Philosophy of Mind
0509-459 Philosophy of the Social Sciences††
0509-460 East Asian Philosophy
0509-461 American Philosophy
0509-462 Contemporary Philosophy
0509-464 Philosophy of Action
0509-465 Critical Theory‡
0509-466 Existentialism
0509-467 Medieval Philosophy
0509-468 Metaphysics‡
0509-469 19th Century Philosophy‡
0509-470 Philosophy and Literary Theory‡
0509-471 Philosophy of Film‡
0509-472 Minds and Machines
0509-473 Technology and Embodiment
0509-474 Philosophy of Language‡
0509-475 Philosophy of Vision/Imaging‡
0509-476 Ethical Theory

* Prerequisite: Two prior courses in philosophy or permission of the instructor. Students who have taken at least two courses are encouraged to take a Seminar in Philosophy (0509-450), usually offered more than once each year.

† Topics will vary.

‡ Prerequisite: One previous philosophy course or permission of the instructor is strongly encouraged.

§ Prerequisite: At least one prior course in philosophy, political science, or sociology

** Prerequisite: At least one prior course in either philosophy or one of the natural sciences (physics, chemistry, or biology)

†† Prerequisite: At least one prior course in either philosophy or one of the social sciences (psychology, economics, political science, sociology, or anthropology)