Minor in Philosophy

Students minoring in philosophy will automatically satisfy their Core Curriculum Philosophy and Ethics requirements.

Students typically declare a Minor in Philosophy after having taken a Core D1 Philosophy or Core D3 Ethics course. However, it is not necessary to enroll in any 100 or 200 level courses in Philosophy. Students interested in declaring a Philosophy Minor should enroll in:

  • PHIL 310 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, to satisfy their Core D1 Philosophy requirement.
  • PHIL 315 Ethics for Majors, to satisfy their Core D3 Ethics requirement.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • identify primary philosophical themes found in the writings of major philosophers
  • write historical and argumentative essays on central philosophical issues
  • develop philosophical arguments using methods originated by historical and contemporary philosophers


20 units

Required (2 courses)

Core D1

choose one:

  • PHIL 100 or 200 level course
  • PHIL 310 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy*

* preferred option

Core D3

choose one:

  • PHIL 240 Ethics
  • PHIL 241 Ethics: Service Learning
  • PHIL 244 Environmental Ethics
  • PHIL 315 Ethics for Majors *

* preferred option

Electives (3 courses)

  • PHIL 300 or 400 level
  • PHIL 300 or 400 level
  • PHIL 300 or 400 level

Some courses in Politics, Honors, SII may also count toward a Philosophy Minor contact a Philosophy Advisor or the Department Chair.

Contact Info

Department of Philosophy

Mon-Fri, 7:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Kalmanovitz Hall 113 (415) 422-6543 (415) 422-3180