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Philosophy Minor

The minor in Philosophy provides students with an understanding of the principles, methods, and areas of application of contemporary philosophy. Philosophers study conceptual questions within and between the humanities, arts and sciences: What is freedom? What is justice? What is the relation between mind and brain? Philosophy at UC Merced combines a traditional curriculum with an emphasis on these interdisciplinary linkages. Because of this, students should be able to use their training in philosophy to complement their other coursework and to identify connections between their various areas of study.

Minor Requirements

To be awarded a minor in Philosophy, students must successfully complete at least 20 units.

Lower Division Minor Requirements [4 units]
Complete one of the following courses:

  • PHIL 001: Introduction to Philosophy [4 units]
  • PHIL 002: Introduction to Ethics [4 units]
  • PHIL 003: Contemporary Moral Problems [4 units]
  • PHIL 004: Critical Reasoning [4 units]
  • PHIL 005: Introduction to Logic [4 units]
  • PHIL 008: Love, Sex, and Gender [4 units]
  • PHIL 009: Phenomenology and Existentialism [4 units]

Upper Division Minor Requirements [16 units]
Complete four upper-division Philosophy courses. One pre-approved, non-philosophy course may be substituted. Pre-approval should be sought from Philosophy faculty.