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The minor in philosophy provides students with an understanding of central philosophical issues, problems and ideas; a capacity for critical thinking and analytic reasoning; and the ability to present one's positions effectively through oral and written communication.

The minor program in philosophy provides students with an understanding of central philosophical issues, problems and ideas; a capacity for critical thinking and analytic reasoning; and the ability to present one's positions effectively through oral and written communication.

The program is offered by the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies.

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Philosophy (Minor)

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Program requirements

The minor in philosophy consists of 18 credit hours (a minimum of 12 credit hours must be upper division). A minimum of six upper-division credit hours must be completed through courses offered by the School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies. Students pursuing this minor will work with an academic advisor to choose and complete six courses from the list below or from the PHI subject. Credit hours may not be shared between major and minor requirements. All courses used to satisfy requirements for the minor must be passed with a "C" (2.00) or better.
Course List (minimum 12 upper-division credit hours) -- 18 credit hours
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Degree requirements

The minor in philosophy consists of 18 credit hours of philosophy course work, of which 12 must be upper-division hours (300 or 400 level). Only courses in which the student earns a grade of "C" (2.00 on a scale of 4.00) or higher will fulfill requirements for the minor.

Courses are to be selected from the following list, in consultation with an advisor, to create a coherent and complete program of study:

IAS 410 Evolution of Ideas, L or HU (3)
IAS 430 Science and Religion, L or HU (3)
PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy, HU (3)
PHI 103 Principles of Sound Reasoning, L or HU (3)
PHI 304 Existentialism, HU (3)
PHI 306 Applied Ethics, HU (3)
PHI 318 Philosophy of Religion, HU (3)
PHI 320 Bioethics, HU (3) or IAS 340 Bioethics, HU (3)
PHI 360 Business and Professional Ethics, HU (3)
PHI 391 Historical Perspectives on Philosophy and Religion (3)
PHI 406 Moral Dilemmas, L or HU (3) or IAS 406 Moral Dilemmas, L or HU (3)
PHI 407 Environmental Philosophy and Policy, L or HU (3) or IAS 407 Environmental Philosophy and Policy, L or HU (3)
PHI 408 Feminist Ethics, HU (3)
PHI 494 Special Topics (3)
PHI 499 Individualized Instruction (3)

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment requirements

GPA Requirement: None

Incompatible Majors: None

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

The minor in philosophy is open to all ASU undergraduate majors.

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Students interested in pursuing a minor should consult their academic advisor to declare the minor and to ensure that an appropriate set of courses is taken. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and the minor. Students should contact their academic advisor for more information.

Career outlook

Graduates who have completed the minor in philosophy have critical thinking and strong communication skills essential to success in health care, law, public service, journalism, business and education. The minor program provides ideal preparation for careers in a wide range of careers, including:

  • entrepreneur
  • intelligence analyst
  • lawyer
  • medicine
  • minister
  • paralegal
  • politician
  • real estate agent
  • teacher or professor
  • writer

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