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Minor in Philosophy
You go into [philosophy] to pursure your intellectual passion, and it just so happens as a byproduct that you emerge as a desired commodity for industry.
It seems almost too good to be true, but studying philosophy allows you to explore life’s toughest questions while acquiring some of the most desirable traits sought by employers. Here’s why. As a philosophy student you learn skills in critical thinking, written and verbal communication, moral and ethical reasoning and will learn how to analyze and understand arguments better that just about any other area of study. Because of these traits, more and more employers look for philosophy graduates. Additionally, philosophy graduates promote faster in the workplace.
The minor in philosophy is a low-credit option to add these skills to your portfolio, and a philosophy minor complements almost any other program of study. Requirements for the minor are summarized below, and can be reviewed in the Undergraduate Catalog.
This program fulfills the REAL Curriculum "E" area in Humanistic or Artistic Expression.
The Philosophy Minor consists of 15 semester hours of philosophy courses as outlined below:
Required Courses (6 credits)
Choose two of the following courses:
- PHIL 213 - Critical Reasoning and Argumentation
- PHIL 216 - History of Philosophy: Ancient to Medieval
- PHIL 217 - Modern Philosophy: Renaissance to the Present
Electives (9 credits)
Choose three additional PHIL courses, one of which must be an E designated course at the 300-level or above.
Our philosophy faculty come from diverse backgrounds, have diverse interests, and are internationally recognized in their areas of specialization.
Dr. Guy Axtell, Professor of Philosophy
Hemphill Hall 4205
Ph.D. University of Hawaii'i
Teaching areas: epistemology and metaphysics, philosophy of science, “STS” or science, technology and society studies, and philosophy of religion.
Research interests: epistemology, analytic and comparative philosophy of religion
Dr. Steven Fesmire, Professor of Philosophy and Chair
Dr. Gilburt Goffstein, Philosophy Adjunct Faculty
Dr. Heather Keith, Professor of Philosophy and Executive Director of Faculty Development
McConnell Hall-Library 272
Ph.D., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Teaching areas: ethics, wicked problems, unconventional forms of instruction
Research interests: ethics and disability; environmental, social, and personal resilience