Minor in Philosophy and Medicine
If a minor is required in your degree program, at least 9 (lower and/or upper-division) hours of courses in the minor must be completed at the University.
All Philosophy and Medicine minors must take 18 credit hours, including the following three courses (9 credit hours), in no particular order:
- PHL 220: Medical Reasoning
- PHL 240: Classical Philosophy
- PHL 333: Biomedical Ethics
Philosophy and Medicine minors must take an additional 9 hours in Philosophy, with at least 2 courses at the 300/400 level. Students are especially recommended to take some of the following: PHL 245 Renaissance/Enlightenment; PHL 321 Symbolic Logic; PHL 327 Philosophy of Science; PHL 431 Advanced Ethical Theory; PHL 441 Theory of Knowledge.
Through reasoned reflection, philosophy seeks to understand human experience in all its various aspects. Courses examine the moral, social, political, aesthetic, and religious dimensions of human existence, topics in special fields such as science, and the historical development of philosophy. In these courses students can develop skills in the presentation, interpretation, analysis, and evaluation of differing viewpoints, and refine their own beliefs about deeply important issues. Philosophy majors can choose from three concentrations: Philosophy, Religion, or Classics.
General Education Requirements For Philosophy Majors
General Education Requirements for Philosophy are specified on the College of Arts and Sciences section.
All first-time freshmen must successfully complete CAS 100: First Year Experience as a degree requirement. Students must enroll during their first term at USA, except for summer-entry students who must enroll in the fall semester following entry. PHL 461 will fulfill the technology proficiency requirement for Philosophy majors.
Philosophy Majors can now fulfill the Minor requirement by taking one of the other concentrations offered.
- Majors concentrating in Classics can fulfill the Minor requirement by using Philosophy or Religion concentration.
- Majors concentrating in Philosophy can fulfill the Minor requirement by using Religion or Classics concentration.
- Majors concentrating in Religion can fulfill the Minor requirement by using Philosophy or Classics concentration.
Although the Department of Philosophy has no graduate program, graduate-level courses are offered for those students who need such work.