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College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Philosophy

320 Bowman Hall
Tel: 330-672-2315
Fax: 330-672-4867

The Philosophy minor provides students with opportunities to develop the art and skills of thoughtfulness. Students become able to make fine distinctions, to follow and construct arguments, to express themselves well in writing, and to read demanding texts with penetration and care.  Philosophy courses are occasions to enhance analytic and critical capacities, and to develop the discipline to entertain and scrutinize offered options without mere habitual or impulsive adoption or rejection.

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

Type Course Title Credits
  Choose three of the following core courses: 9
KHU/DG PHIL 11001 Introduction to Philosophy (3)  
 KAD    11009 Critical Thinking (3)  
 KHU/DG    21001 Introduction to Ethics (3)  
KMC   21002 Introduction to Formal Logic (3)  
  Choose one of the following courses: 3
WIC PHIL 31001 Ancient Greek Philosophy (3)  
 WIC   31002 Medieval Philosophy (3)  
WIC   31003 Continental Rationalism (3)  
WIC   31004 British Empiricism (3)  
WIC   31005 German Critical Philosophy (3)  
WIC   31006 19th-Century Philosophy (3)  
WIC   31010 20th-Century Philosophy (3)  
WIC   31020 American Philosophy (3)  
  Philosophy (PHIL) 40000-level course 1 3
  Philosophy (PHIL) 30000- or 40000-level course 1 3
  Any upper or lower division Philosophy (PHIL) course 1 3


1 PHIL 40093 Variable Title Workshop, PHIL 49996 Individual Investigation and PHIL 49999 Senior Honors Project may not be counted toward the minor.

Minimum cumulative 2.000 GPA required for graduation.

Students must complete at least two upper-division courses in the minor at Kent State on a graded basis (A-F). For information on the major Residence Requirements please visit the University Residence Requirements policy.