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Graduate - Minor in Philosophy

A graduate minor in philosophy consists of 6 to 15 hours (depending on your major requirement) of course work from the following courses


Philosophy 5301 and 5388 may be repeated for credit. This minor is designed to support other graduate programs.

Courses Offered Graduate Philosophy (PHIL)

  • 5100 Practicum in Teaching Philosophy: This course orients Instructional Assistants to the principles of teaching philosophy responsibly. Topics include grades, evaluation of written work, classroom management, academic values, and teaching style. This course is required for all new Instructional Assistants in Philosophy. This course does not earn graduate degree credit. Repeatable with different emphasis. Graded on a credit (CR), no-credit (F) basis.


  • 5301 Applied Philosophy: Practical application of methods and teaching of philosophy to such major areas of human experience as religion, science, morality, politics, art, or literature. The study of one or more of these areas will demonstrate how philosophy contributes to the identification of issues as well as their resolution. May be repeated for credit.


  •  5302 Dialogue: Study of literature about the nature, purpose, and significance of dialogue along with active participation in the dialogues of the Department of Philosophy’s Dialogue Series.


  • 5303 Philosophy of Technology: Study of philosophical and ethical dimensions of technology including the nature of technology and technological progress, the relation of humans to the technological environment, whether technology is value-laden, and the social character of technology.


  • 5322 Professional Ethics: Study of major topics in business and professional ethics, including what a profession is, whether it differs from business, and what is involved with moral education, social responsibilities, and ethical standards of professional and business people. May be repeated for credit.


  • 5323 Environmental Ethics:  Study of ethical issues associated with the environment including the nature, use, preservation, and restoration of the environment. 5324 Meaning of Life. Investigation of major theories of the meaning of life in Western and Eastern philosophies.

  • 5351 Philosophy of Education: Study of major philosophical theories on nature, value, and purpose of education.
  • 5388 Problems in Philosophy: Independent study open to students on individual or small group basis. May be repeated for credit.