Curious minds can add a philosophy minor to whichever degree they are studying. Reading comprehension combined with logical writing and reasoning skills creates a well-informed citizen and prepares you for the workplace.


The minor in philosophy provides students with an understanding of philosophical inquiry and method. The program offers an introduction to central themes both in the history of philosophy and in the current literature. Students in this minor have the opportunity to sharpen their critical-reasoning skills while addressing profound questions regarding the nature of:

  • existence
  • knowledge
  • law
  • morality
  • politics
  • science

At a Glance

  • Location: Tempe campus, or online
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No

Degree Requirements

A minor in philosophy consists of 18 credit hours, of which at least 12 must be upper-division and approved by an advisor in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies. All courses must be passed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale). No more than two courses may be taken in any one of the following philosophical subdisciplines:

  • epistemology
  • ethics and political philosophy
  • history of philosophy
  • logic
  • metaphysics

Students should consult with an academic advisor in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies about a proposed selection of courses before registering.

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Admission Requirements

GPA Requirement: None

Incompatible Majors: BA in philosophy; BA in philosophy (morality, politics and law)

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Students interested in pursuing a minor should consult their academic advisor to declare the minor and to ensure that an appropriate set of courses is taken. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and the minor. Students should contact their academic advisor for more information.

Attend Online

ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.