Academic Catalog 2023-2024

Slippery Rock University

Philosophy, Minor

Philosophy encourages you to critically examine what passes as "common knowledge," formulate well-reasoned positions on important issues, and express your ideas clearly and carefully. The Philosophy program at SRU fosters excellence in reading, writing, critical thinking, and ethical deliberation. SRU philosophy students have won more top awards at the annual statewide Association for Philosophy and Religious Studies (IAPRS) than any other university within the PA State System of Higher Education.

To access Minor Requirements, please view the Curriculum Guide tab.

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Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Minor GPA: 2.0 or higher

Minor Requirements

  • Students must complete at least 6 credit hours in their minor from SRU
  • A minimum of 6 credit hours must be upper division (courses numbered 300 and above)
  • A minor shall be no fewer than 18 credits.
Required Courses
Select six of the following:18
Introduction to Philosophy
Formal Logic
World Religions
Philosophy in Literature
American Philosophy
Philosophy of Human Existence
Philosophy of Art
Symbolic Logic
Environmental Ethics
Medical/Health Care Ethics
Business Ethics
Social and Political Philosophy
Philosophy of Law and Justice
Philosophy of Gender and Sex
Ethics, Technology, and the Future
Philosophy of Religion
Asian Philosophy
Philosophy of Natural Science
Philosophy of Mind
Ancient Western Philosophy
Modern Western Philosophy
Modern Authors and Issues
Existentialism and Phenomenology
Independent Study (one or more supervised papers on an important philosophical theme)
PHIL Course 1
Total Hours18

Students may select from Experimental courses PHIL 190, PHIL 290, PHIL 390; Workshops PHIL 195, PHIL 295, PHIL 395, PHIL 495; Selected topics PHIL 198, PHIL 298, PHIL 398, PHIL 498.


Some courses may require pre-requisites. Please see course descriptions to determine if there are any pre-requisites for that specific course.

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

This program is effective as of Fall 2020.
Revised 07.10.20
UCC 03.24.20