College of Arts and Letters2014-2015

Department of Philosophy

Philosophy, Minor

To paraphrase English thinker, Dr. Walter Pater, ”What philosophy does is rouse the human spirit and startle it to a life of constant and eager observation.” 
This minor is intended to stimulate students to think about issues and assertions, not just in the realm of philosophy and personal code of conduct, but also in contemporary issues such as genetics, governance, ethics, behavior, and technology.


What Can I Do with a Minor in Philosophy?

Philosophy is concerned with the fundamental questions of human existence. Here, you will study the history of ideas to gain a deeper understanding of how contemporary problems stem from these age-old questions. At the same time, you will study contemporary issues in physics, biology, psychology, religion, art, law, and government, allowing you to meld philosophy with your major. 
You will also learn to read more carefully, think more reflectively, and write more clearly. These skills are vital to many different career paths. In the final analysis, the study of philosophy will prepare you for a thoughtful life.

University Requirements

  • A minor is earned in conjunction with a bachelor's degree.

    To receive a minor (18 to 24 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. At least 12 units of the minor must be unique to that minor and not applied to any other minor.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 18


Minor Requirements
  • Take the following 18 units:
    • PHI 240, PHI 241 (6 units)
    • Additional PHI courses, at least 9 units must be upper-division courses (12 units)
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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