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Twin Cities Campus

Philosophy Minor

Philosophy Department
College of Liberal Arts
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Contact Information
Department of Philosophy, 271 19th Avenue South, 831 Heller Hall, Minneapolis, MN 55455-0310 (612-625-6563; fax: 612-626-8380)
  • Program Type: Graduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2023
  • Length of program in credits (master's): 6
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 12
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
Students pursuing the Philosophy minor have the opportunity to expand their knowledge, in consultation with the Philosophy director of graduate studies, in any of the following areas: history of philosophy (ancient or modern), logic, ELMS, epistemology, philosophy of language, metaphysics or mathematics, philosophy of science (philosophy of biology, philosophy of physics), moral and political philosophy, and value theory aesthetics.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
Special Application Requirements:
Students interested in the minor are strongly encouraged to confer with their major field advisor and director of graduate studies, and the Philosophy director of graduate studies regarding feasibility and requirements.
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
Coursework offered on both the A-F and S/N grading basis must be taken A-F, with a minimum grade of B earned for each course, to be applied to minor field requirements. The minimum cumulative GPA for minor field coursework is 3.00. Application of 4xxx-level toward the minor requires approval of the Philosophy director of graduate studies, and is permitted only when taken in conjunction with an appropriate 8xxx-level workshop. Workshop selection is based on the area of philosophy: 8010 (history of phil); 8100 (epistemology and metaphysics); 8200 (logic and philosophy of math, language); 8300 (moral and political) 8600 (philosophy of science).
Coursework (6 to 12 credits)
Masterís students select 6 credits, and doctoral students select 12 credits from the following in consultation with the Philosophy director of graduate studies:
PHIL 5xxx
PHIL 8xxx
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
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