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2022-2023 Westminster College Catalog 
2022-2023 Westminster College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Philosophy Minor

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Philosophy, a critical and reflective discipline, fosters transferable skills applicable to most careers, fields of study, and personal endeavors. Philosophy may be teamed with virtually any other major in order to add depth and breadth to another discipline. Historically the most fundamental of the liberal arts, philosophy develops perspective, critical and creative thinking, rational standards of discourse, and sensitivity to value issues. Philosophy develops the individual’s sense of meaning and encourages the building of a coherent personal world-view. A minor in philosophy enhances almost any major by adding depth and breadth to a degree only somewhat less than that of the major. A member of the philosophy faculty will help students select courses best suited to each person’s needs.

The Minor in Philosophy

24 semester hours, comprising:

Plus, all of the following:

  1. One History of Philosophy course (PHI 200 -209) Semester Hours: 4
  2. One Topics in Philosophy courses (PHI 212-229) Semester Hours: 4
  3. One Ethics course (PHI 230 -269) Semester Hours: 4
  4. One or more philosophy electives totaling at least 4 SH Semester Hours: 4


Students minoring in philosophy must take at least four other philosophy courses before taking 401.

Scheduling of Major or Minor: Philosophy majors and minors should plan their schedules carefully, since some courses are offered only in alternate years. Ideally, students anticipating a major in philosophy should complete 101, 102, and one history or one topics course by the close of their sophomore year. A long-range course schedule should be discussed with the adviser as early as possible during the first year. A double major including philosophy, or a philosophy minor combined with another major, can usually be arranged, providing that careful planning occurs early in the student’s career.

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