Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2020 - 2021 
    Jun 13, 2024  
Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2020 - 2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Philosophy Minor

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Program Director: Nathan P. Carson, Ph.D.


The minor provides students with a basic understanding of a portion of the history of Western philosophy and with the basic skills of logical argumentation. It complements majors in religion, literature, the arts, history, political science and natural sciences. The minor is often chosen as a value-added supplement to a student's career major.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Recognize, categorize and critically evaluate contemporary philosophers and philosophical schools of thought.
  2. Understand significant portions of the history of philosophy and of the way Christian intellectual traditions have both enriched and been enriched by that history of inquiry.
  3. Engage and articulate live contemporary philosophical problems and describe the ways philosophers have grappled with fundamental questions about reality, knowledge, ethics, aesthetics and the human condition (among others).
  4. Communicate with precise philosophical argumentation, reason-informed critical reflection and clear argumentative prose, and recognize as well as critically evaluate the validity and truth of philosophical arguments as they encounter them.
  5. Understand how philosophy is foundational to, relates to or augments other fields of thought.
  6. Understand and clarify the relationship between faith and reason, including the various ways this relation can be construed.
  7. See their analysis of philosophical arguments, thinkers and texts as central to their own (and others') intellectual, emotional, moral and Christian spiritual formation.

Locations Offered

Main Campus Fresno

General Education Prerequisites

Required Courses* (Minimum 15 Units)


*An upper-division course from another program may count toward the philosophy minor if the course is pertinent to the philosophy minor and approved by the philosophy program director.

**Multiple iterations of PHIL 286 or PHIL 486 can be taken, when the topic designation of each course is distinct from other iterations student has completed

*** PHIL 331 , PHIL 333 , PHIL 335  and PHIL 393  can be taken in either area, but cannot overlap to satisfy both requirements.

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