Students can elect to complete either the traditional philosophy minor (18 credits), the philosophy pre-law minor (21 credits), or the ethics minor (18 credits). All three minors are described below.
The Philosophy Minor provides students with a highly flexible option for exploring a range of topics and issues in philosophy. This minor has been constructed so that students can readily combine it with nearly any major across the university.
The requirements for this minor are outlined below.
One Core Course (3 credits)
- PH113, Introduction to Logic
One of the Following Survey Courses (3 credits)
- PH210, Freedom and the Self
- PH214, Philosophy of Religion
- PH223, Scientific Revolutions:HPS
Four Electives in Philosophy, At Least Three of Which are at 300 Level (12 credits)
The Ethics Minor reinforces and extends Millikin’s emphasis on ethical reasoning and issues of social justice. The Ethics Minor is designed to develop widely applicable skills of ethical reasoning and provide a solid foundation, not only in theoretical ethics, but practical and applied ethics. This minor is applicable not only to students who wish to pursue a career in professional philosophy, but also students pursuing medical, legal, or other professional careers where one would benefit from careful thinking about difficult moral issues.
The requirements for the ethics minor are outlined below.
One Core Course (3 credits)
PH211, Ethical Theory and Moral Issues
Two Courses in Applied Ethics (6 credits)
- PH215, Business Ethics
- PH217, Bioethics
- PH219, Environmental Ethics
Three of the Following Courses (9 credits)
- Any additional applied ethics course offered by the Philosophy Department (i.e., PH215, PH217, or PH219)
- PH300, Ancient Philosophy
- PH303, History of Ethical Thought
- PH305, Philosophy of Law
- PH310, Political Philosophy
- PH311, Ethical Reasoning – Ethics Bowl
- PH366, Appellate Legal Reasoning
- PH400, Seminar in Philosophy (with appropriate content and approval of the Chair)
- Any one course outside the Philosophy Department focusing on ethics, including: CO107, Argument and Social Issues; CO308, Communication Ethics and Freedom of Expression; SO325, Social Work Ethics; BI414, The Human Side of Medicine; or another course in ethics outside the Department and approved by the Chair of the Philosophy Department.
Philosophy Pre-Law Minor
The Philosophy Pre-Law Minor provides students with a quality introduction to key subjects – logic, ethics, legal theory, and legal practice. These subjects are implicated in both the study and practice of law. In addition, the minor develops the crucial skills that prepare students for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), the academic challenges of law school, and eventually the intellectual and ethical dimensions of work in the legal profession. This minor has been constructed so that students can readily combine it with nearly any major across the university. The minor consists of a tightly organized package of courses that would benefit any student considering law school and the legal profession after Millikin, regardless of their major or primary area of academic interest.
The requirements this minor are outlined below.
Philosophy Pre-Law Minor (21 credits):
Five Required Courses (15 credits)
___PH113, Logic and Critical Thinking
___PH211, Ethical Theory and Moral Issues
___PH215, Business Ethics OR PH217 Bioethics OR PH219 Environmental Ethics
___PH305, Philosophy of Law
___PH366, Appellate Legal Reasoning – Moot Court
Two Chair-Approved Electives (6 credits) (at least 3 credits must be at the 300 level)
***NOTE: Electives may include one course outside the Philosophy Department, subject to approval by the Chair of the Philosophy Department.