Effective Date: Fall 2012  

A minor in Philosophy is not open to students with a major in Philosophy.

Students wishing to pursue an academic minor in Philosophy must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with the department's designated advisor. Appointments are scheduled through the on-line scheduling system available on the department's web page:

www.lsa.umich.edu/philosophy/undergraduate/advisorappointments

The Philosophy Academic Minors are designed to provide students with an education in philosophy that will complement a concentration in some other discipline and that will, among other things, illuminate philosophical issues that arise in that other discipline. Because students who elect an academic minor in philosophy will have a variety of philosophical interests, the department offers a choice of a number of distinct minors namely: 

  1. General Philosophy
  2. History of Philosophy
  3. Moral and Political Philosophy
  4. Mind and Meaning; and
  5. Epistemology and Philosophy of Science.

The specialized minors (b)-(e) focus on particular areas within philosophy, and complement several different concentrations.

The General Philosophy academic minor aims to provide students basic philosophical skills and training, exposure to rigorous core courses, and some advanced work, but does not aim for the breadth and comprehensiveness of the concentration or for depth in any particular area.

The History of Philosophy academic minor aims to provide students both a comprehensive foundation in the central evaluative and theoretical philosophical areas, which are required in order to best appreciate the history of philosophy, and broad study of the history of philosophy. It is aimed at students with serious interests in the history of philosophy, or in studying philosophy from an historical perspective, but who, for various reasons, are unable to concentrate in philosophy.  This minor will enable them to develop their interests in a way that assured they had sufficient background in the main philosophical areas, as well as significant breadth and depth in the history of philosophy.

The Moral and Political Philosophy academic minor aims to give students a basic foundation in general philosophy, core systematic training in either moral or political philosophy, along with broad study across a range of areas in moral and political philosophy and intensive advanced-level work. It should appeal to students who want to study moral and political philosophy in conjunction with other concentrations, for example, Political Science, Sociology, and Economics, or want to study the subject for pre-professional reasons (e.g., because they are interested in ethical issues concerning medicine or the law).

Fundamental issues of metaphysics, epistemology, and the philosophies of language and mind arise in connection with many concentrations, such as Psychology, Linguistics, and the sciences. The Mind and Meaning academic minor will provide students who cannot concentrate in Philosophy a systematic way to pursue and develop these interest. It aims to give students a basic foundation in philosophy, logical skills necessary to do serious study in the areas of metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of language and philosophy of mind, and rigorous exposure  and advanced-level work in some subset of these areas.

The academic minor in Epistemology and Philosophy of Science is designed to provide a basic familiarity with the philosophical problems and techniques in these fields. The academic minor offers an opportunity for students to develop basic skills of philosophical reflection and argument in the context of questions about ordinary as well as scientific knowledge.  The intended audience for this minor includes students concentrating in scientific or mathematical disciplines who wish to explore the philosophical aspects of their subject, as well as students who have a more general interest in theory of knowledge or philosophy of science - including, for example, students of literature, history, anthropology, or sociology - who wish to acquire the necessary background to understand recent debates relating to the sociology of knowledge.

Prerequisites to the Academic Minor: 

Any 100- or 200-level course other than PHIL 180, 201, 296 (logic courses).

Academic Minor Program: 

Minors must take at least 15 credits of Philosophy, in one of the following patterns.

Constraints: 

At least nine credits, including the required 400-level course, must be taken in residence. No course will count toward the academic minor unless the student receives a grade of C- or better.

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL PHILOSOPHY ACADEMIC MINORS:

  1. At least one course at the 400-level, other than formal methods (PHIL 413, 414)
  2. A minimum of 15 credits of Philosophy, at least 9 of which (including the required 400-level course) must be taken in residence.
  3. No course will count toward the minor unless the student receives a grade of C- or better.

SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH ACADEMICM MINOR:

  1.  General Philosophy
    1. One course in Logic or Formal Methods (PHIL 180, 201, 296, 303, 305, 413, or 414)
    2. Two courses from: PHIL 345, 361, 365, 366, 367, 381, 383, 388, 389
    3. One 400-level course, which must not include 401, 402, 413, 414, or 455

  2.   History of Philosophy (Effective Fall 2012)
    1. Either PHIL 345, 361, 366, 367 or 383
    2. PHIL 388 or 389
    3. One additional course from: PHIL 388, 389, 405, 406, 458, 460, 461, 462, 464
    4. One additional course from "c" expanded to include: PHIL 371, 385, 433, 463, 466, 467, 474, 492

  3.   Moral and Political Philosophy
    1. Either PHIL 361 or 366 or 367
    2. Three additional courses from: PHIL 355, 356, 359, 361, 366, 369, 385, 429, 430, 431, 433, 442, 443, 485 (one of which must be at the 400-level)

  4.   Mind and Meaning
    1. One course in symbolic logic: PHIL 296, 303, 305, 413, or 414
    2. PHIL 345, 381, or 383
    3. Two additional courses from: PHIL 340, 345, 381, 383, 409, 450, 481, 482 (one of which must be at the 400-level).

  5.   Epistemology and Philosophy of Science
    1. One course in Formal Methods: PHIL 296, 303, 305, 413, or 414
    2. PHIL 345, 381, or  383
    3. Two other courses from: PHIL 320, 322, 381, 383, 420, 422, 423, 424, 425, 427, 443, 477. At least one course taken to satisfy the academic minor must be at the 400-level, other than formal methods (PHIL 413, 414)

Philosophy Minors (Spring 2011-Summer 2012) +

Effective Date: Spring 2011-Summer 2012

A minor in Philosophy is not open to students with a major in Philosophy.

Students wishing to pursue an academic minor in Philosophy must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with the department's designated advisor. Appointments are scheduled through the on-line scheduling system available on the department's web page:

www.lsa.umich.edu/philosophy/undergraduate/advisorappointments

The Philosophy Academic Minors are designed to provide students with an education in philosophy that will complement a concentration in some other discipline and that will, among other things, illuminate philosophical issues that arise in that other discipline. Because students who elect an academic minor in philosophy will have a variety of philosophical interests, the department offers a choice of a number of distinct minors namely: 

  1. General Philosophy
  2. History of Philosophy
  3. Moral and Political Philosophy
  4. Mind and Meaning; and
  5. Epistemology and Philosophy of Science.

The specialized minors (b)-(e) focus on particular areas within philosophy, and complement several different concentrations.

The General Philosophy academic minor aims to provide students basic philosophical skills and training, exposure to rigorous core courses, and some advanced work, but does not aim for the breadth and comprehensiveness of the concentration or for depth in any particular area.

The History of Philosophy academic minor aims to provide students both a comprehensive foundation in the central evaluative and theoretical philosophical areas, which are required in order to best appreciate the history of philosophy, and broad study of the history of philosophy. It is aimed at students with serious interests in the history of philosophy, or in studying philosophy from an historical perspective, but who, for various reasons, are unable to concentrate in philosophy.  This minor will enable them to develop their interests in a way that assured they had sufficient background in the main philosophical areas, as well as significant breadth and depth in the history of philosophy.

The Moral and Political Philosophy academic minor aims to give students a basic foundation in general philosophy, core systematic training in either moral or political philosophy, along with broad study across a range of areas in moral and political philosophy and intensive advanced-level work. It should appeal to students who want to study moral and political philosophy in conjunction with other concentration, for example, Political Science, Sociology, and Economics, or want to study the subject for pre-professional reasons (e.g., because they are interested in ethical issues concerning medicine or the law).

Fundamental issues of metaphysics, epistemology, and the philosophies of language and mind arise in concentration with many concentration, such as Psychology, Linguistics, and the sciences. The Mind and Meaning academic minor will provide students who cannot concentrate in Philosophy a systematic way to pursue and develop these interest. It aims to give students a basic foundation in philosophy, logical skills necessary to do serious study in the areas of metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of language and philosophy of mind, and rigorous exposure  and advanced-level work in some subset of these areas.

The academic minor in Epistemology and Philosophy of Science is designed to provide a basic familiarity with the philosophical problems and techniques in these fields. The academic minor offers an opportunity for students to develop basic skills of philosophical reflection and argument in the context of questions about ordinary as well as scientific knowledge.  The intended audience for this minor includes students concentrating in scientific or mathematical disciplines who wish to explore the philosophical aspects of their subject, as well as students who have a more general interest in theory of knowledge or philosophy of science - including, for example, students of literature, history, anthropology, or sociology - who wish to acquire the necessary background to understand recent debates relating to the sociology of knowledge.

Prerequisites to the Academic Minor: 

Any 100- or 200-level course other than PHIL 180, 201, 296 (logic courses).

Academic Minor Program: 

Minors must take at least 15 credits of Philosophy, in one of the following patterns.

Constraints: 

At least nine credits, including the required 400-level course, must be taken in residence. No course will count toward the academic minor unless the student receives a grade of C- or better.

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL PHILOSOPHY ACADEMIC MINORS:

  1. At least one course at the 400-level, other than formal methods (PHIL 413, 414)
  2. A minimum of 15 credits of Philosophy, at least 9 of which (including the required 400-level course) must be taken in residence.
  3. No course will count toward the minor unless the student receives a grade of C- or better.

SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH ACADEMICM MINOR:

  1.  General Philosophy
    1. One course in Logic or Formal Methods (PHIL 180, 201, 296, 303, 305, 413, or 414)
    2. Two courses from: PHIL 345, 361, 365, 366, 367, 381, 383, 388, 389
    3. One 400-level course, which must not include 401, 402, 413, 414, or 455

  2.   History of Philosophy
    1. Either PHIL 345, 361, 366, 367 or 383
    2. PHIL 388 or 389
    3. One additional course from: PHIL 388, 389, 405, 406, 458, 461, 462, 464
    4. One additional course from "c" expanded to include: PHIL 371, 385, 433, 463, 466, 474, 492

  3.   Moral and Political Philosophy
    1. Either PHIL 361 or 366 or 367
    2. Three additional courses from: PHIL 355, 356, 359, 361, 366, 369, 385, 429, 430, 431, 433, 442, 443, 485 (one of which must be at the 400-level)

  4.   Mind and Meaning
    1. One course in symbolic logic: PHIL 296, 303, 305, 413, or 414
    2. PHIL 345, 381, or 383
    3. Two additional courses from: PHIL 340, 345, 381, 383, 409, 450, 481, 482 (one of which must be at the 400-level).

  5.   Epistemology and Philosophy of Science
    1. One course in Formal Methods: PHIL 296, 303, 305, 413, or 414
    2. PHIL 345, 381, or  383
    3. Two other courses from: PHIL 320, 322, 381, 383, 420, 422, 423, 424, 425, 427, 443, 477 (one of which must be at the 400-level)

 

Philosophy Minors (Winter 2006 through Summer 2011) +

Effective Date: January 19, 2006 through Winter 2011

 

Philosophy  Minors

A minor in Philosophy is not open to students with a major in Philosophy.

Students wishing to pursue a minor in Philosophy must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with the department's designated advisor. Appointments are scheduled through the on-line scheduling system available on the department's web page:

www.lsa.umich.edu/philosophy/undergraduate/advisorappointments

The Philosophy Minors are designed to provide students with an education in philosophy that will complement a concentration in some other discipline and that will, among other things, illuminate philosophical issues that arise in that other discipline. Because students who elect an academic minor in philosophy will have a variety of philosophical interests, the department offers a choice of a number of distinct minors namely: (a) General Philosophy; (b) History of Philosophy; (c) Moral and Political Philosophy; (d) Mind and Meaning; and (e) Epistemology and Philosophy of Science. The specialized minors (b)-(e) focus on particular areas within philosophy, and complement several different concentrations.

The General Philosophy academic minor aims to provide students basic philosophical skills and training, exposure to rigorous core courses, and some advanced work, but does not aim for the breadth and comprehensiveness of the concentration or for depth in any particular area.

The History of Philosophy academic minor aims to provide students both a comprehensive foundation in the central evaluative and theoretical philosophical areas, which are required in order to best appreciate the history of philosophy, and broad study of the history of philosophy. It is aimed at students with serious interests in the history of philosophy, or in studying philosophy from an historical perspective, but who, for various reasons, are unable to concentrate in philosophy.  This minor will enable them to develop their interests in a way that assured they had sufficient background in the main philosophical areas, as well as significant breadth and depth in the history of philosophy.

The Moral and Political Philosophy academic minor aims to give students a basic foundation in general philosophy, core systematic training in either moral or political philosophy, along with broad study across a range of areas in moral and political philosophy and intensive advanced-level work. It should appeal to students who want to study moral and political philosophy in conjunction with other concentration, for example, Political Science, Sociology, and Economics, or want to study the subject for pre-professional reasons (e.g., because they are interested in ethical issues concerning medicine or the law).

Fundamental issues of metaphysics, epistemology, and the philosophies of language and mind arise in concentration with many concentration, such as Psychology, Linguistics, and the sciences. The Mind and Meaning academic minor will provide students who cannot concentrate in Philosophy a systematic way to pursue and develop these interest. It aims to give students a basic foundation in philosophy, logical skills necessary to do serious study in the areas of metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of language and philosophy of mind, and rigorous exposure  and advanced-level work in some subset of these areas.

The academic minor in Epistemology and Philosophy of Science is designed to provide a basic familiarity with the philosophical problems and techniques in these fields. The academic minor offers an opportunity for students to develop basic skills of philosophical reflection and argument in the context of questions about ordinary as well as scientific knowledge.  The intended audience for this minor includes students concentrating in scientific or mathematical disciplines who wish to explore the philosophical aspects of their subject, as well as students who have a more general interest in theory of knowledge or philosophy of science - including, for example, students of literature, history, anthropology, or sociology - who wish to acquire the necessary background to understand recent debates relating to the sociology of knowledge.

 Prerequisites to the Academic Minor: None.

 Academic Minor Program: Minors must take at least 15 credits of Philosophy, in one of the following patterns.

Constraints: At least nine credits, including the required 400-level course, must be taken in residence. No course will count toward the academic minor unless the student receives a grade of C- or better.

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL MINORS:

  1. One general introduction to Philosophy (PHIL 181, 182, 196, 202, 232, 234, or 297)
  2. At least one course at the 400-level
  3. A minimum of 15 credits of Philosophy, at least 9 of which (including the required 400-level course) must be taken in residence.
  4. No course will count toward the minor unless the student receives a grade of C- or better.

SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS FOR EACH MINOR:

1. General Philosophy

a. One course in logic (PHIL 180, 201, 296, 303, or 414)

b. Two courses from: PHIL 345, 361, 365, 366, 367, 383, 388, 389

c. 400-level course must not include 401, 402, 414, or 455

2.   History of Philosophy

a. Either PHIL 345, 361, 366, 367 or 383

b. Two courses from: PHIL 388, 389, 405, 406, 458, 461, 462

c. One additional course from -b" expanded to include: PHIL 371, 385, 433, 463, 466, 474, 492

3.   Moral and Political Philosophy

a. Either PHIL 361 or 366 or 367

b. Three additional courses from: PHIL 355, 356, 359, 361, 366, 369, 385, 429, 430, 431, 433, 442, 443, 485

4.   Mind and Meaning

a. One course in symbolic logic: PHIL 296, 303, or 414

b. PHIL 345 or 383

c. Two additional courses from: PHIL 340, 345, 383, 409, 450, 481, 482


5.   Epistemology and Philosophy of Science

a. One course in symbolic logic: PHIL 296, 303, or 414

b. PHIL 345 or PHIL 383

c. Two other courses from: PHIL 320, 322, 383, 420, 422, 423, 425, 443, 477

Philosophy Minors (Fall 2005 until January, 19, 2006) +

Effective Date: Fall 2005 until January, 19, 2006

 

Philosophy  Minor

A minor in Philosophy is not open to students with a major in Philosophy.

Students wishing to pursue an academic minor in Philosophy must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with the department's designated advisor. Appointments are scheduled at the department office.

The Philosophy Academic Minor aims to provide students with an education in philosophy that will complement a concentration in some other discipline and that will, among other things, illuminate philosophical issues that arise in that other discipline. Because students who elect an academic minor in philosophy will have a variety of philosophical interests, the academic minor offers a choice of a number of "streams" namely: (a) General Philosophy; (b) History of Philosophy; (c) Moral and Political Philosophy; and (d) Mind and Meaning. Each stream is meant to provide the student a comprehensive foundation in the central evaluative and theoretical areas of philosophy and the philosophical problems that arise in any discipline of study. The specialized streams (b)-(d) focus in addition on particular areas within philosophy, and are especially suitable for combining with particular clusters of concentrations.

Prerequisites to the Academic Minor: None.

Academic Minor Program: Minors must take at least 15 credits of Philosophy, in one of the following patterns.

Constraints: At least nine credits, including the required 400-level course, must be taken in residence. No course will count toward the academic minor unless the student receives a grade of C- or better.

A.  General Philosophy

  1. One general introduction to philosophy (PHIL 181, 182, 196, 202, 232, 234, or 297)
  2.  Logic (PHIL 180, 201, 296, 303, or 414)
  3.  Two courses from the following: PHIL 345 (Language and Mind), 361 (Ethics), 365 (Problems of Religion), 366 (Political Philosophy), 383 (Knowledge and Reality), 388 (History of Ancient Philosophy), 389 (History of Modern Philosophy)
  4.  One course at the 400-level.

B.   History of Philosophy

  1. One general introduction to philosophy (PHIL 181, 182, 196, 202, 232, 234, or 297)
  2. Either PHIL 345 (Language & Mind), 361 (Ethics), 366 (Political Philosophy), or 383 (Knowledge & Reality)
  3. Two courses from: PHIL 388 (History of Philosophy: Ancient), 389 (History of Philosophy: 17th and 18th Centuries), 405 (Plato), 406 (Aristotle), 458 (Philosophy of Kant), 461 (Philosophical Thought in the 17th Century), and 462 (Philosophical Thought in the 18th Century)
  4. One additional course from the list in #3, expanded to include also: PHIL 371 (Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy), 385 (European Social Thought from Hegel to Foucault), 433 (History of Ethics), 463 (History of Philosophy), 466 (Continental Philosophy), 474 (19th-Century Philosophy), or 492 (Frege, Russell, and Wittgenstein)
  5. One of the courses used to satisfy requirements #3 and #4 must be at the 400-level.

C.  Moral and Political Philosophy

  1. One general introduction to philosophy: PHIL 181, 182, 196, 202, 232, 234, or 297
  2. Either PHIL 361 (Ethics) or 366 (Political Philosophy)
  3. Three additional courses from the following, at least one of which must be at the 400-level: PHIL 355 (Contemporary Moral Problems), 356 (Issues in Bioethics), 359 (Law and Philosophy), 361 (Ethics), 366 (Political Philosophy), 369 (Philosophy of Law), 385 (European Social Thought from Hegel to Foucault), 429 (Ethical Analysis), 431 (Normative Ethics), 433 (History of Ethics), 442 (Topics in Political Philosophy), and 443 (Foundations of Rational Choice Theory).

D.  Mind and Meaning

  1. One general introduction to philosophy: PHIL 181, 182, 196, 202, 232, 234, or 297
  2. One course in symbolic logic: PHIL 296, 303, 414
  3. PHIL 345 (Language and Mind) or 383 (Knowledge and Reality)
  4. Two additional courses from the following list, one of which must be at the 400-level: PHIL 340 (Mind, Matter, and Machines), 345 (Language and Mind), 383 (Knowledge and Reality), 409 (Philosophy of Language), 450 (Philosophy of Cognition), 477 (Epistemology), 481 (Metaphysics), and 482 (Philosophy of Mind).

 

Philosophy Minors (effective through Summer 2005) +

 

Effective until Fall 2005 

A minor in Philosophy is not open to students with a major in Philosophy.

Students wishing to pursue a minor in Philosophy must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with the Department's designated advisor. Appointments are scheduled at the Department office.

The Philosophy  Minor aims to provide students with an education in philosophy that will complement a concentration in some other discipline and that will, among other things, illuminate philosophical issues that arise in that other discipline. Because students who elect an academic minor in philosophy will have a variety of philosophical interests, the  minor offers a choice of a number of "streams" namely: (a) General Philosophy; (b) History of Philosophy; (c) Moral and Political Philosophy; and (d) Mind and Meaning. Each stream is meant to provide the student a comprehensive foundation in the central evaluative and theoretical areas of philosophy and the philosophical problems that arise in any discipline of study. The specialized streams (b)-(d) focus in addition on particular areas within philosophy, and are especially suitable for combining with particular clusters of concentrations.

Prerequisites to the Academic Minor: None.

Academic Minor Program: At least 15 credits in one "stream" to be chosen from the following streams, as described below.

  1. General Philosophy
    1. One general introduction to philosophy (PHIL 181, 182, 196, 202, 232, 234, or 297)

    2. Logic (PHIL 180, 201, 296, 303, or 414)

    3. Two courses from the following: PHIL 345 (Language and Mind), 383 (Knowledge and Reality), 361 (Ethics), 366 (Political Philosophy), 388 (History of Ancient Philosophy), 389 (History of Modern Philosophy)

    4. One course at the 400-level.

  2. History of Philosophy
    1. One general introduction to philosophy (PHIL 181, 182, 196, 202, 232, 234, or 297)

    2. Either PHIL 361 (Ethics) or 366 (Political Philosophy)

    3. One course from: PHIL 388 (History of Philosophy: Ancient), 389 (History of Philosophy: 17th and 18th Centuries), 405 (Plato), 406 (Aristotle), 460 (Medieval Philosophy), 458 (Philosophy (Philosophy of Kant), 461 (Continental Rationalism), 462 (British Empiricism)

    4. One further course in the history of philosophy, to be drawn from those listed in (3), plus: PHIL 371, 375, 385, 433, 442, 463, 465, 466, 468, 469, 487, or 492

    5. Either PHIL 345 (Language and Mind) or 383 (Knowledge and Reality) or a course at the 400-level other than PHIL 455

    6. One of the courses used to satisfy the foregoing requirements must be a 400-level course other than PHIL 455.

  3. Moral and Political Philosophy
    1. One general introduction to philosophy: PHIL 181, 182, 196, 202, 232, 234, or 297

    2. Either PHIL 361 (Ethics) or 366 (Political Philosophy)

    3. Three further courses from the following, at least one of which must be at the 400-level: PHIL 355 (Contemporary Moral Problems), 356 (Issues in Bioethics), 359 (Law and Philosophy), 361 (Ethics) 366 (Political Philosophy), 369 (Philosophy of Law), 429 (Ethical Analysis), 431 (Normative Ethics), 433 (History of Ethics), 442 (Topics in Political Philosophy), and 443 (Foundations of Rational Choice Theory).

  4. Mind and Meaning
    1. One general introduction to philosophy: PHIL 181, 182, 196, 202, 232, 234, or 297

    2. One course in symbolic logic: PHIL 296, 303, 414

    3. PHIL 345 (Language and Mind) or 383 (Knowledge and Reality)

    4. Two other courses from: PHIL 345 (Language and Mind), 383 (Knowledge and Reality), 409 (Philosophy of Language), 450 (Philosophy of Cognition), 477 (Epistemology), 481 (Metaphysics), 482 (Philosophy of Mind).hilosophy 482 (Philosophy of Mind


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