Why study philosophy?

In philosophy we ask big, important questions.  While asking such questions is easy, answering them is difficult.  Because these questions are often abstract and vague, it is necessary to use precise reasoning and analysis to clarify what exactly it is we are asking.  Only then can we attempt to develop answers.

In studying philosophy, you will learn what others have thought about life's big questions.  You will also learn to challenge those views, and to develop your own thoughts in a precise, logical manner.  Philosophy will help you develop critical thinking skills, enabling you to analyze the underlying logic and assumptions in arguments about a variety of topics.  This is a skill that generalizes to virtually every area of life.

Requirements for the Minor

Students selecting this option must complete at least 6 courses (18 hours) of philosophy elective courses

PHIL 384 and especially PHIL 386 are strongly recommended.

Minor Hours and Minor GPA

While completing all required courses (above), minors must also meet each of the following hour and GPA minimum standards:

Minor Hours
Satisfied by 18 hours of minor courses. 

Minor Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 9 junior/senior courses (300+) hours of KU resident credit in the minor.

Minor Junior/Senior (300+) Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the minor.

Minor Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in all departmental courses in the minor. GPA calculations include all departmental courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.