Minor in Philosophy

About the Minor

A philosophy minor adds great depth and breadth to your studies and value to any degree. Philosophy classes train you to be a more effective thinker and a more critical, reflective person. They assist you in developing better reading, writing, and speaking skills by engaging you in the work of constructing and criticizing arguments. More than almost any other, a philosophy minor will broaden and enhance your education and help you develop skills you will use in your career and in everyday life. The minor has been carefully designed to provide a comprehensive structure within which each student has a range of choices. It includes one introductory course, one logic course, three "foundations" courses, one "area elective," an applied ethics course, and one 400-level philosophy seminar. We also can customize the minor further to reflect students' particular interests and goals.
Students who have completed 30.0 credits may apply for the minor through their academic advisors.

Program Requirements 

Required Courses:
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
or PHIL 111 Symbolic Logic I
PHIL 110Introduction to Philosophy3.0
Select three Philosophy Foundations Electives:9.0
Symbolic Logic II
Ethical Reasoning
Non-Western Philosophies
Metaphysics: Philosophy of Reality
Epistemology: Philosophy of Knowledge
Aesthetics: Philosophy of Art
Social & Political Philosophy
Select one Philosophy Area Elective:3.0
Philosophy of Sport
Philosophy of Time
Philosophy of Mathematics
Philosophy of Sex & Love
Judaism and Christianity: Two Religions or One?
Environmental Philosophy
Philosophy of Technology
Philosophy of Medicine
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy in Literature
Philosophy of Law
Philosophy of Religion
Select one Applied Ethics Elective:3.0
Business Ethics
Ethics and the Media
Ethics and Information Technology
Engineering Ethics
Ethics and Design Professions
Biomedical Ethics
Organizational Ethics
Ethics in Sports Management
Criminal Justice Ethics
Global Ethical Issues
Environmental Ethics
Select one Philosophy Seminar Elective:3.0
Seminar in a Philosophical School
Seminar in a Major Philosopher
Total Credits24.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Additional Information

For more information about Drexel Philosophy classes and programs, please visit the Department of English & Philosophy website or drop by to see our director anytime. The Department of English & Philosophy is located in MacAlister Hall, Room 5016. The director can be contacted at:

Dr. Peter Amato
Director of Programs in Philosophy
Department of English & Philosophy
MacAlister 5030

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