Philosophy, Minor

Offered in: Chicago

A philosophy minor offers an excellent opportunity for students interested in law, science, medicine, and business to broaden their understanding of the human consequences and contours of these fields.  It also serves to hone their critical thinking and writing skills.  Consequently students majoring in political science/pre-law; the sciences/pre-med; psychology, history, sociology, criminal justice, women’s and gender studies, among many other fields find philosophy helpful in preparing them for graduate and professional studies as well as careers.

The department is also committed to the understanding that the purpose of education is to prepare one for living a good life, part of which is vocational, but part of which is not. In teaching our students how to read thought-provoking texts carefully, texts that ask the big questions about life, how to think analytically and synthetically, and how to write incisively and in an organized manner, we are preparing them for every vocation, as well as preparing them to live well thought-out lives. We thus take seriously Socrates' remark that "the unexamined life is not worth living for a human being.”


The five Philosophy courses required for the minor must include at least one course at the 300 level. Transfer students must complete at least six semester hours at Roosevelt, including three credit hours at the 300 level. Students must earn a grade of C or higher in each course.

Core Philosophy Requirements12
Choose 4 Classes in Philosophy at the 100, 200, or 300 level
Advanced Philosophy Elective3
Choose 1 Philosophy course at the 300 level
Total Credit Hours15