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Department of Philosophy

Minor in Philosophy of the Arts

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 requirements PHILARMIN

The Minor in Philosophy of the Arts provides familiarity with fundamental issues concerning the nature of art as well as an understanding of philosophy more generally. It aims to help students develop skills in identifying and critically evaluating arguments, thinking clearly and independently, writing analytically, and applying principles of logic and good reasoning. The program includes both contemporary topics and exploration in the history of philosophy.


The minor requires at least 15 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.
  1. Logic. One (1) course:
    • PHIL-P 150 Elementary Logic
    • PHIL-P 250 Introductory Symbolic Logic
    • PHIL-P 251 Intermediate Symbolic Logic
  2. Contemporary Topics. Two (2) courses:
    • PHIL-P 246 Introduction to Philosophy and Art
    • PHIL-P 320 Philosophy of Language
    • PHIL-P 347 Contemporary Controversies in Philosophy of Art
    • PHIL-P 348 Philosophy and Literature
  3. History. Two (2) courses:
    • PHIL-P 201 Ancient Greek Philosophy
    • PHIL-P 211 Early Modern Philosophy
    • PHIL-P 301 Medieval Philosophy
    • PHIL-P 304 19th Century Philosophy
    • PHIL-P 346 Classics in Philosophy of Art
  4. Minor GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. Minor GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the minor—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    2. Minor Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the minor.
    3. Minor Upper Division Credit Hours. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    4. Minor Residency. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.

Minor Area Courses

Unless otherwise noted below, the following courses are considered in the academic program and will count toward academic program requirements as appropriate:

  • Any course contained on the course lists for the academic program requirements at the time the course is taken—as well as any other courses that are deemed functionally equivalent—except for those listed only under Addenda Requirements
  • Any course directed to a non-Addenda requirement through an approved exception

This program of study cannot be combined with the following:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (PHILBA)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Political Science (PHILPOLSBA)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Religious Studies (PHILRELBA)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy (POLSPHILBA)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Philosophy (RELPHILBA)
  • Minor in Philosophy (PHILMIN)
  • Minor in Philosophy of Mind and Cognition (PHILMCMIN)

Exceptions to and substitutions for minor requirements may be made with the approval of the unit's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.