Philosophy

Faculty Top of Page

Sarah LaChance Adams, Associate Professor
Daniela Mansbach, Associate Professor
Timothy Torgerson, Senior Lecturer, online only

Philosophy Minor Requirements Top of Page

24 total credits

Introductory courses (2 courses, 6 credits required):

Introduction To Philosophy -- 3.00 credits
Philosophy and Film -- 3.00 credits
Contemporary Moral Problems -- 3.00 credits
Critical Thinking -- 3.00 credits
The Philosophy of Children -- 3.00 credits

History of Philosophy required courses (2 courses, 6 credits required, at least one course must be a PHIL course):

The Working Class and the Dream of Equality in Europe -- 3.00 credits
Enlightenment, Freedom and Alienation (19th Century Philosophy) -- 3.00 credits
The Self-Unconcealed (20th Century Philosophy) -- 3.00 credits
Social Theory -- 3.00 credits

Political Philosophy required courses (2 courses, 6 credits required, at least one course must be at the 300 level or above):

Introduction to Political Thought -- 3.00 credits
Contemporary Political Thought -- 3.00 credits
Theories of War and Peace -- 3.00 credits
Theories of Human Rights -- 3.00 credits
Theories of Justice -- 3.00 credits
American Conservative Thought -- 3.00 credits
Feminist Theory and Action -- 3.00 credits

Non-Canonical Philosophy (2 courses, 6 credits required):

Environmental Ethics -- 3.00 credits
Social Justice -- 3.00 credits
Philosophy of Love and Sex -- 3.00 credits
Philosophies of Pregnancy, Childbirth and Mothering -- 3.00 credits

Program Description Top of Page

The philosophy minor incorporates four components: a strong foundation in the history of philosophy, dialogue with non-canonical traditions, an emphasis on political theory, and the ability to apply theory to contemporary concerns.

Student Learning Outcomes Top of Page

  1. Ability to analyze, interpret, and understand texts and discourses
  2. Ability to effectively identify, evaluate, and formulate arguments
  3. Ability to develop, organize, and express ideas in a precise, clear, effective, and systematic manner in writing, discussion, and oral presentations
  4. Ability to recognize and appreciate multiple perspectives and limitations of each perspective
  5. A high degree of fluency with major philosophical traditions (and some non-canonical), figures, concepts, and methods.