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Department of Philosophy

Minor in Philosophy of the Arts

Students on Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 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. 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.
    2. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the minor.
    4. 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.
    5. Exceptions to minor requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.