Philosophy Program

The Philosophy Minor at WSU provides a solid foundation in logic, ethics and the history of philosophy. It also helps students develop crucial intellectual skills such as critical thinking, logical reasoning and conceptual analysis; in short, it helps students learn to think for themselves. Emphasis is balanced between philosophical content and the cultivation of philosophical thinking.

B.A. Minor, Philosophy

18 S.H. - 12 Required, 6 Elective

Courses must be taken on a grade-only basis to count towards the Minor.

Required Courses (12 S.H.)

Logic – One of the following:

  • PHIL 110 - Critical Thinking (3 S.H.)
  • PHIL 210 - Inductive Reasoning (3 S.H.)
  • PHIL 250 - Symbolic Logic (3 S.H.)

Ethics – One of the following:

  • PHIL 230 - Moral Theory (3 S.H.)
  • PHIL 330 - Biomedical Ethics (3 S.H.)
  • PHIL 332 - Philosophy of Law (3 S.H.)
  • PHIL 430 - Topics in Social and Political Philosophy (1-3 S.H.)

History of Philosophy I – One of the following:

  • PHIL 201 - Classical Philosophy (3 S.H.)
  • PHIL 460 - Great Philosophers (1-3 S.H.)

History of Philosophy II – One of the following:

  • PHIL 301 - Early Modern Philosophy (3 S.H.)
  • PHIL 302 - Contemporary Philosophy (3 S.H.)
  • PHIL 460 - Great Philosophers (1-3 S.H.)

With appropriate readings, 401 Independent Readings in Philosophy (1-3 S.H.) may be used to satisfy course requirements in Ethics and History of Philosophy I and II.

Electives (6 S.H.)

Any two philosophy courses not used to satisfy the preceding requirements.