Program: Minor in Philosophy

Program Description

The characteristic activity of philosophy, from its beginning to the present day, has been reasoned reflection about ourselves, our world, the good life and our relations with one another. Philosophy deals with issues of fundamental human importance—the scope and limits of human knowledge, the nature of reality and truth, what it means to be a person, the relation of mind to body, the sources of value and obligation, the evaluation of social institutions and practices, and the nature of logic and correct reasoning.

Program Requirements

1. Required Courses (9-10 units)

Choose one of the following courses:

PHIL 100 Introduction to Critical Reasoning (4)
PHIL 200 Critical Reasoning (3)
PHIL 210 Reasoning in the Sciences (3)
PHIL 225 Evolutionary Reasoning (3)
PHIL 230 Introduction to Formal Logic (3)

Choose one of the following courses:

PHIL 201 Ancient Western Philosophy (3)
PHIL 202 Modern Philosophy (3)

Choose one of the following courses:

PHIL 350 Philosophy of Knowledge (3)
PHIL 352 Philosophy of Reality (3)
PHIL 355 Philosophy of Mind (3)
PHIL 360 Ethical Theory (3)
PHIL 365 Social and Political Philosophy (3)
PHIL 380 Aesthetics (3)

2. Electives (9 units)

Choose three additional Philosophy courses (9 units) other than PHIL 499, at least two of which are upper division courses.

Total Units in the Minor: 18-19


Department of Philosophy
Chair: Kristina Meshelski
Sierra Tower (ST) 522
(818) 677-2757