Minoring in Philosophy

Having a minor in philosophy would make you stand out in a crowd because minoring in philosophy provides insight on the general understanding of the whole of reality. You will address a diverse array of deep, challenging, and profoundly important questions. By choosing to minor in philosophy you will practice in the close reading of complex texts, in the careful analysis and evaluation of arguments, in original and creative thinking, and in the clear, precise, and persuasive communication of ideas. The skills thus acquired are not only a source of deep personal satisfaction, but a strong asset in any profession.

A minor in Philosophy (PHIL) requires satisfactory completion of the following requirements:

  • completion of properly distributed credit hour requirements for the baccalaureate degree in effect when the student was admitted to their home school,
  • completion of 15 credit hours, with a minimum grade of C in each course,
  • to declare the minor, complete the School of Liberal Arts online declaration form

Core Courses

One course from each of at least two of these three groups of basic courses (6 cr.)

  • PHIL-P 110: Introduction to Philosophy OR PHIL-S 110: Introduction to Philosophy – Honors
  • PHIL-P 120: Ethics OR PHIL-S 120: Ethics – Honors
  • PHIL-P 162: Logic OR PHIL-P 265: Introduction to Symbolic Logic


A minimum of 6 credit hours at the 300-400 level.  Current course list (3 cr. each):

  • PHIL-P 307: Classical Philosophy
  • PHIL-P 385: Metaphysics
  • PHIL-P314: Modern Philosophy
  • PHIL-P 393: Biomedical Ethics
  • PHIL-S 314: Philosophy and Modern Times- Honors
  • PHIL-P 394: Feminist Philosophy
  • PHIL-P 316: Twentieth-Century Philosophy (variable title)
  • PHIL-P 414: Philosophy and Culture
  • PHIL-P 317: Nineteenth-Century Philosophy
  • PHIL-P 418: Seminar in the History of Philosophy (variable title)
  • PHIL-P 322: Philosophy of Human Nature
  • PHIL-P 433: Social Origins of Philosophy
  • PHIL-P 323: Society and State in the Modern World
  • PHIL-P 448: Seminar in American Philosophy
  • PHIL-P 325: Social Philosophy (variable title)
  • PHIL-P 458: American Philosophy
  • PHIL-P 326: Ethical Theory
  • PHIL-P 468: Seminar in the Philosophy of Mind
  • PHIL-P 328: Philosophies of India
  • PHIL-P 488: Research in Philosophy I
  • PHIL-P 330: Marxist Philosophy
  • PHIL-P 489: Research in Philosophy II
  • PHIL-P 331: Philosophy of Science
  • PHIL-P 334: Buddhist Philosophy

Additional Electives to reach the minimum 15 credits for the minor. Current course list (3 cr. each)

  • PHIL-P 335: Phenomenology and Existentialism
  • PHIL-P 348: Philosophy and Literature
  • PHIL-P 349: Philosophies of China
  • PHIL-P 208: Causality and Evidence
  • PHIL-P 355: Philosophy of Film
  • PHIL-P 237: Environmental Ethics
  • PHIL-P 356: American Indian Philosophies
  • PHIL-P 280: Philosophical Problems (topics vary)
  • PHIL-P 360: Philosophy of Mind
  • PHIL-P 365: Intermediate Symbolic Logic
  • PHIL-P 367: Philosophy of Art
  • PHIL-P 368: Philosophy of Language
  • PHIL-P 369: Epistemology
  • PHIL-P 371: Philosophy of Religion
  • PHIL-P 374: Early Chinese Philosophy
  • PHIL-P 375: Philosophy of Law
  • PHIL-P 381: Religion and Human Experience
  • PHIL-P 382: Philosophy of History
  • PHIL-P 383: Topics in Philosophy (topics vary)

How to enroll

If you have any questions or need more information on how to apply for a minor in philosophy, please contact Professor Samuel Khan:

Undergraduate Mentor
Professor Samuel J.M. Kahn
Phone: (317) 274–8890
Email: kahnsa@iupui.edu
Office: Cavanaugh 344A