Students in other disciplines often find that a background in philosophy enriches their university experience and enhances the work they do in other fields in preparation for specific careers or ongoing educational goals. It is easy to customize the philosophy minor to meet your individual needs. The minor in philosophy requires 21 units of philosophy, at least 12 of which must be upper division. In addition, up to 9 units in philosophy taken in fulfillment of general education requirements may be counted toward the minor, making it possible to earn a minor in philosophy while still graduating in a timely manner.
The Department of Philosophy offers two way of pursuing the minor:
Option A: Among the 21 units,
(a) students must take six units (two courses) from the following courses: PHIL 290, 291, 300, 301; and
(b) students must take either a seminar (PHIL 447 through PHIL 490) or an Independent Study (PHIL 499); and
(c) students must take an additional 12 units of electives in Philosophy, only 6 units of which can be lower division.
Option B: Among the 21 units,
(a) students must take at least 15 units to be chosen from philosophy courses correlative to the student's major or intended post baccalaureate field, as approved by a philosophy advisor; and
(b) students must take an additional 6 units of electives in Philosophy.
The quickest way to get started minoring in philosophy is to begin taking your general education requirements in philosophy. Check the Academic Catalog for a complete list of philosophy courses that meet GE requirements. Students are advised to speak with an advisor or other faculty member about minoring in philosophy. To help plan your class schedule, consult the Course Rotation Guidelines, and the Advising pages.