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Ph.D. Minor in Philosophy

To obtain a Ph.D. minor in Philosophy, students must follow these procedures:

  1. Consult with the Director of Graduate Study to establish eligibility, and select a suitable adviser.
  2. Give to the department academic assistant a signed copy of the program of study (designed with the adviser) which offers:
    1. 30 units of courses in the Department of Philosophy with a letter grade of 'B-' or better in each course. No more than 3 units of directed reading may be counted in the 30-unit requirement.
    2. At least one course or seminar numbered over 99 to be taken in each of these five areas:
      1. Logic
      2. Philosophy of science
      3. Ethics, value theory, and moral and political philosophy
      4. Metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of language
      5. History of philosophy
    3. Two additional courses numbered over 199 to be taken in one of those (b) five areas.
  3. A faculty member from the Department of Philosophy (usually the student's adviser) serves on the student's doctoral oral examination committee and may request that up to one third of this examination be devoted to the minor subject.
  4. Paperwork for the minor must be submitted to the department office before beginning the program.


The following courses have substantial philosophical content. However, in the absence of special permission these courses cannot generally be used to satisfy requirements for the Philosophy major or graduate degrees in Philosophy.

CLASSHIS 101. The Greeks

CLASSHIS 133. Classical Seminar: Origins of Political Thought

CLASSHIS 137/237. Models of Democracy (Same as COMM 212/312, POLISCI 237/337)

CLASSHIS 333. Classical Seminar: Origins of Political Thought

CLASSGRK 113. Advanced Greek: Thucydides

CLASSGEN 22N. Technologies of Civilization: Writing, Number, and Money

CLASSGEN 94. Ethics of Pleasure

CLASSGEN 208B. Survey of Greek and Latin Literature: Classical Greek

CLASSGEN 237. Augustine on the Body (Same as COMPLIT 337)

ETHICSOC 179M. Libertarianism, Egalitarianism, and Public Policy

GERGEN 246/346. Being at Home in the World: Kant's Critique of the Power of Judgment

HPS 220. Nineteenth-Century Philosophy of Science

HUMNTIES 321. Classical Seminar: Origins of Political Thought

IPS 206A. Politics and Collective Action (same as POLISCI 331S, PUBLPOL 304A)

LAWGEN 206. Thinking Like a Lawyer (Same as GSBGEN 382)

MATH 161. Set Theory

POLISCI 132. Ethics of Political Animals

POLISCI 332R,S. Greek Political Economy I,II

POLISCI 436. Rational Choice

RELIGST 278/378. Heidegger: Confronting the Ultimate

SYMBSYS 206. Topics in the Philosophy of Neuroscience

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