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College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Philosophy

320 Bowman Hall
Tel: 330-672-2315

The Philosophy minor helps students develop skills such as critical thinking, careful reading and analysis of texts, argumentative and analytical writing, creative problem-solving, effective communication and global literacy -- all of which are vital to success in a wide range of professions. It provides excellent preparation for graduate school entrance exams (such as the GRE, the LSAT and the GMAT) and enhances the career preparation students obtain in their major field. Philosophy minors develop these important skills while being introduced to a fascinating discipline which considers basic, timeless questions such as "What is the nature of reality?", "What (if anything) can I know with certainty?" and "What kind of life should I live?"


Attribute 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.

Attribute Course Title Credits Min Grade
  Choose three of the following core courses: 9  
KHU/DG PHIL 11001 Introduction to Philosophy (3)    
 KAD  PHIL 11009 Critical Thinking (3)    
 KHU/DG  PHIL 21001 Introduction to Ethics (3)    
KMC PHIL 21002 Introduction to Formal Logic (3)    
  Choose one of the following courses: 3  
WIC PHIL 31001 Ancient Greek Philosophy (3)    
WIC PHIL 31002 Medieval Philosophy (3)    
WIC PHIL 31003 Continental Rationalism (3)    
WIC PHIL 31004 British Empiricism (3)    
WIC PHIL 31005 German Critical Philosophy (3)    
WIC PHIL 31006 Nineteenth-Century Philosophy (3)    
WIC PHIL 31010 Twentieth-Century Philosophy (3)    
WIC PHIL 31020 American Philosophy (3)    
  Additionally, take the following courses:    
  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.


Graduation Requirements:

  1. Minimum overall 2.000 GPA.
  2. Students must complete at least two upper-division courses in the minor at Kent State on a graded basis (A-F).