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Requirements for the Minor

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The study of philosophy fosters skills that are useful in virtually any field of study: the abilities to organize ideas, to assess the pros and cons of an issue, to evaluate arguments and to reason effectively. Several areas exist to which the theories and methods of philosophy are especially relevant. Accordingly, the Department of Philosophy offers a number of specialized minors in addition to the regular departmental minor.

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Apply for the Minor in Philosophy

To apply for the philosophy minor, please download the Department of Philosophy application (using either file link above). Fill out the application and email it to Patricia Hahn (phahn@buffalo.edu), the Undergraduate Administrator, along with a pdf of your Academic Advising Report (AAR).

General Philosophy Minor

Eighteen required credit hours in Philosophy

1. One of the following:

PHI 115 Critical Thinking
PHI 175 Introduction to Deductive Logic

2. One of the following:

PHI 107 Ethics
PHI 237 Social and Ethical Values in Medicine
PHI 238 Philosophy of Law

3. One of the following:

PHI 260 Ancient Philosophy
PHI 266 Medieval Philosophy
PHI 270 Early Modern Philosophy
PHI 280 19th Century Philosophy
PHI 288 20th Century Philosophy

4.  Three additional courses at the 300-400 level. No more than two independent study tutorials shall count toward the fulfillment of this requirement.

Subfield: Philosophy Logic Minor

The philosophy logic minor is useful for students of mathematics and computer science.

1. PHI 175 Introduction to Deductive Logic
2. PHI 215 Symbolic Logic
3. One of the following:
        PHI 415 Logical Theory 1
        PHI 416 Logical Theory 2
        PHI 417 Modal Logic
        PHI 418 Philosophy of Mathematics
        PHI 419 Philosophy of Logic
4. Three additional courses, at least two at the 300-400 level

Subfield: Philosophy of Professional Ethics Minor

The philosophy of professional ethics minor can be used either by those whose intended profession is in the area of health care or by those in business and management.

1. PHI 217 Professional Ethics
2. PHI 115 Critical Thinking
3. One of the following:
        PHI 237 Social and Ethical Values in Medicine
        PHI 238 Philosophy of Law
4. One of the following:
        PHI 335 Contemporary Ethical Theory
        PHI 336 History of Ethics
5. Two additional courses at the 300-400 level

Subfield: Philosophy of Science Minor

The philosophy of science minor is especially intended for students of any of the natural and social sciences.

1. PHI 115 Critical Thinking or 175 Introduction to Deductive Logic
2. PHI 221 Science and Religion
3. PHI 215 Symbolic Logic
4. PHI 321 Philosophy of Science
5. PHI 270 Early Modern Philosophy
6. One of the following:
        PHI 234 Environmental Ethics
        PHI 237 Social and Ethical Values in Medicine
        PHI 320 Philosophy of Mind
        PHI 329 Metaphysics
        PHI 333 Epistemology
        PHI 420 Topics in Philosophy of Science

Subfield: Philosophy of Arts Minor

The philosophy of arts minor is designed to accommodate both literature and the visual arts.

1. PHI 115 Critical Thinking
2. Three of the following:
        PHI 246 Philosophy in Literature
        PHI 248 Philosophy and Popular Culture
        PHI 344 Aesthetics Theory and Criticism
        PHI 345 Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art
3. One of the following:
        PHI 260 Ancient Philosophy
        PHI 354 Chinese and Japanese Philosophy
4. One additional course at the 300-400 level

Subfield: Philosophy of Law

We are not currently accepting applications in this subfield.