Philosophy teaches students how to think well, which in turn lays the foundation for personal and professional success. Many philosophical texts are complicated, and philosophy courses teach students how to read, comprehend and summarize conceptually difficult material. In short, studying philosophy trains one to be a better, clearer thinker. The minor in philosophy provides students with an understanding of philosophical inquiry and method. The minor offers an introduction to central themes both in the history of philosophy and in the current literature.
The College of Liberal Art and Sciences lays the foundation for the minor in philosophy, which provides students with the opportunity to sharpen their critical reasoning skills while addressing profound questions regarding the nature of existence, knowledge, law, morality, politics and science. The skills developed through the study of philosophy provide ideal preparation for careers in a wide range of fields, including business, education, journalism, law, medicine and public service. Please note, students may only apply to a minor in combination with an existing degree program. Please speak with your academic advisor to ensure this minor is applicable with your major.