Philosophy (Minor)

Philosophy (Minor)

Philosophy Minor

Philosophy offers a unique combination of life-long skills useful in any career: critical reasoning, problem-solving, oral and written communication of ideas, and evaluating complex systems of thought

What is philosophy?

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. In studying philosophy, you’ll acquire the ability to think systematically and imaginatively about fundamental and enduring issues such as morality, justice, beauty, gender, race, nature, artificial intelligence, space, time and the meaning of life and death.

Why study philosophy at UNH Manchester?

In the philosophy minor at UNH Manchester, faculty emphasize discussion, debate and writing about big questions, preparing you for a wide variety of fulfilling careers. Philosophy offers training for a variety of careers by providing a unique combination of lifelong skills, including analysis and interpretation, critical reasoning, the capacity to detect problems and to solve them and excellence in oral and written presentation and defending of one’s ideas. You’ll also learn to effectively understand, organize and evaluate complex systems of thought, which is valuable in virtually any industry.

Potential career areas

  • Business
  • Community service
  • Education
  • Ethics
  • Healthcare
  • Law
  • Politics
  • Technology
  • Writing

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Curriculum & Requirements

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.

A philosophy minor consists of five (5) philosophy courses (for a total of 20 credits), completed with a C- or above, one of which must be at the 500-level or higher.

PHIL 495 Tutorial Reading and PHIL 795 Independent Study may be used towards the minor, with special permission.

For more information, contact Phillip Deen, minor supervisor.