Philosophy  (Minor)

If you have a curious mind, add a philosophy minor to your degree program. Reading comprehension combined with logical reasoning and writing skills create a well-informed citizen and prepare you for the workplace.

Program Description

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

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At a Glance: program details

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

Program Requirements

GPA Requirement: None

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

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. 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 minor.

Enrollment 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.

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.

Program Contact Information

If you have questions related to admission, please click here to request information and an admission specialist will reach out to you directly. For questions regarding faculty or courses, please use the contact information below.

  • 480/965-8364