You will also learn to read more carefully, think more reflectively, and write more clearly. These skills are vital to many different career paths. In the final analysis, the study of philosophy will prepare you for a thoughtful life.
This minor is intended to stimulate students to think about issues and assertions, not just in the realm of philosophy and personal code of conduct, but also in contemporary issues such as genetics, governance, ethics, behavior, and technology.
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A minor is earned in conjunction with a bachelor's degree.
To receive a minor (18 to 24 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. At least 12 units of the minor must be unique to that minor and not applied to any other minor.
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In addition to University Requirements:
- Complete individual plan requirements.
Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.
No more than 50% of the units used to satisfy minor requirements may be used to satisfy major requirements.
The Philosophy Minor program is intended for students (1) to cultivate an educated sense of major conceptual developments in the history of Western Philosophy, and (2) to build on this sense to study other philosophically significant matters or cultivate and refine their analytic skills.
Student Learning Outcomes
Those completing the minor in Philosophy must be able to articulate the central philosophical insights of the major philosophical figures of the Ancient period, primarily (I) Ancient Greece & Rome and (II) the Early Modem period.
- All students completing the minor in Philosophy must have direct engagement with the original works of Plato and Aristotle in the Ancient period, and some of the original works of at least Descartes, Hume, and Kant, in the Early Modern period [PHI 240: Ancient Philosophy; PHI 241: Modern Philosophy]
- All students completing the minor in Philosophy must be able to articulate the characteristic ideas and philosophical styles of these historical figures. That is, they must be able to explicate with insight a Platonic or Aristotelian or Cartesian (for examples) argument and conclusion on an issue. [PHI 240: Ancient Philosophy; PHI 241: Modern Philosophy]
- All students completing the minor in Philosophy must be able to make connections
- between historical ideas and arguments and contemporary philosophical issues. [PHI Elective courses]
Those completing the minor in Philosophy must be able to critically examine other philosophical subject matters, cultivating and refining their analytic skills by building, where appropriate, on ideas, methods or theories from the Ancient or early Modem Period
- to articulate in clear prose the central ideas in contemporary (or other historical)
- philosophical work; [PHI Elective courses] and
- to identify and evaluate the structure of the reasoning under examination, [PHI Elective courses] and
- to evaluate the cogency of the lines of reasoning under examination. [PHI Elective courses
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Take the following 18 units:
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.