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Department of Philosophy

Minor in Philosophy

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


The minor requires at least 15 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.
  1. Areas of Study. At least four (4) courses selected from at least three (3) different areas of study. At least two (2) courses must be taken in one area.
    • Logic.
      • PHIL-P 250 Introductory Symbolic Logic
      • PHIL-P 251 Intermediate Symbolic Logic
      • PHIL-P 350 Logic of Sets
      • PHIL-P 352 Logic and Philosophy
    • Ethics and Value Theory.
      • PHIL-P 242 Applied Ethics
      • PHIL-P 246 Introduction to Philosophy and Art
      • PHIL-P 332 Feminism and Value
      • PHIL-P 340 Classics in Ethics
      • PHIL-P 342 Problems of Ethics
      • PHIL-P 343 Classics in Social and Political Philosophy
      • PHIL-P 345 Problems in Social and Political Philosophy
      • PHIL-P 346 Classics in Philosophy of Art
      • PHIL-P 347
      • PHIL-P 375 Philosophy of Law
      • PHIL-P 393 Biomedical Ethics
    • History of philosophy.
      • PHIL-P 201 Ancient Greek Philosophy
      • PHIL-P 205
      • PHIL-P 211 Early Modern Philosophy
      • PHIL-P 301 Medieval Philosophy
      • PHIL-P 304 19th Century Philosophy
      • PHIL-P 305 Topics in the Philosophy of Judaism
      • PHIL-P 319 American Pragmatism
      • PHIL-P 328 Philosophies of India
      • PHIL-P 330 Marxist Philosophy
      • PHIL-P 335 Phenomenology and Existentialism
      • PHIL-P 374 Early Chinese Philosophy
    • Epistemology and Metaphysics.
      • PHIL-P 310 Topics in Metaphysics
      • PHIL-P 312 Topics in the Theory of Knowledge
      • PHIL-P 320 Philosophy of Language
      • PHIL-P 360 Philosophy of Mind
      • PHIL-P 366 Philosophy of Action
    • Special Topics.
      • PHIL-P 270 Introductory Topics in Philosophy
      • PHIL-P 300
      • PHIL-P 348 Philosophy and Literature
      • PHIL-P 363 Philosophy and Psychoanalysis
      • PHIL-P 370 Topics in Philosophy
      • PHIL-P 371 Philosophy of Religion
      • PHIL-P 376 Leadership and Philosophy
      • PHIL-P 401 History of Philosophy: Special Topics
      • PHIL-P 470
      • PHIL-X 490 Readings in Philosophy
  2. Elective. Additional courses, as needed, to complete remaining requirements:
    • Any PHIL-P 100–199
    • Any PHIL-P 200–299
    • Any PHIL-P 300–399
    • Any PHIL-P 400–499 except PHIL-P 497
    • Any PHIL-X 400–499
  3. 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 at the 100–499 level with the PHIL subject area prefix—as well as any other subject areas that are deemed functionally equivalent
    • 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

The following courses cannot be applied toward minor requirements:

  • None
  • Restrictions

    The following restrictions apply to the minimum credit hours required in the minor:

    • No more than one (1) PHIL-P 100–199 level course may count toward the minor.

    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 of Mind and Cognition (PHILMCMIN)
    • Minor in Philosophy of the Arts (PHILARMIN)

    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.