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The Minor in Philosophy

philosophy department

Philosophical study at Boston College provides an opportunity for open-ended inquiry and reflection on the most fundamental questions about ourselves and our world. The Philosophy Department offers a broad spectrum of courses in the history of philosophy, with special focus on Continental Philosophy from Kant to the present.

The requirement for the minor in philosophy will consist of a total of 18 credits: six credits of philosophy core courses, typically two, three-credit courses, followed by 12 credits of philosophy electives, typically four, three-credit philosophy elective courses. The philosophy minor is structured to give students several thematic options which correspond to the traditional divisions of philosophical inquiry:

  • Ethical and Political Philosophy
  • Aesthetics
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • History and Philosophy of Science

The Department offers in each of these areas a sequence of courses that build on the foundation of our two, three-credit core courses. In consultation with a faculty advisor, each student will design his or her own minor, typically consisting of four additional three-credit elective courses, for a total of 12 elective credits. Each program will consist of a coherent blend of required and elective courses. Substitutions may be approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies or the Chairperson, upon recommendation of the student’s faculty advisor.