Majors, minors + certificates

Minor in Philosophy (PHILMIN)Department of Philosophy

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


The Minor in Philosophy allows students to pursue fundamental questions about who we are, what we can know, how we should live, and what there is, as well as related foundational questions regarding a number of special topics. It aims to provide familiarity with central philosophical topics and 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 Minor is designed to allow students maximum flexibility in pursuing their interests. Students choose three of the department's five different areas of course offerings. They take two courses from one of those three areas, and at least one course from each of the remaining two areas. They take one additional elective course.

Minor requirements

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.
    • Ethics and Value Theory.
    • History of philosophy.
    • Epistemology and Metaphysics.
    • Special Topics.
  2. Elective. Additional courses, as needed, to complete remaining requirements:
  3. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. 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.
    2. Minor Upper Division Courses. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.