Philosophy Minor

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Philosophy is the study of the fundamental nature of truth, existence, beauty, morality, and justice. People study philosophy to understand the basic principles of science, art, and the human condition.

Though this sounds abstract, a background in philosophy is excellent training for any walk of life. Philosophy offers training for a variety of careers by providing a unique combination of life-long skills: analytic and interpretive skills, critical reasoning skills, the enhanced capacity to detect problems and to solve them, excellence in oral and written presentation and defense of one’s ideas, skill at asking probing and central questions about the ideas of others (as well as about one’s own ideas), and skill at effectively understanding, organizing, and evaluating complex systems of thought.

(For more on what philosophy can do for your life, education and career, check out this website.)


Though the University of New Hampshire at Manchester does not have a major in philosophy, we do offer a minor. A philosophy minor consists of five philosophy courses with a C- or above, one of which must be at the 500-level or higher (PHIL 495, 795, 796 with special permission only).

Though you do not have to declare your minor beforehand, it is still a good idea to meet with a member of the Humanities faculty to discuss your minor plan.

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