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Undergraduate Program

Minor and Cluster Requirements

Minors

The Department of Philosophy offers four minors (one general philosophy minor and three specialty minors) and six clusters in philosophy.

Philosophy Minor (PH)
Requirements: Five courses in philosophy, at least two of which are advanced courses (above PHL 202).

History of Philosophy Minor (PH-H)
Requirements: PHL 201 and 202, and three other courses in philosophy, at least two of which are advanced courses in the history of philosophy (PHL 261-70, 291, 303, 318, 322-24).

Ethics Minor in Philosophy (PH-E)
Requirements: PHL 102 or 103, and four other courses in philosophy, at least two of which are advanced courses in ethics (PHL 220-230, 308, 311-12, 320, 326, 330, 385).

Philosophy of Science Minor (PH-S)
Requirements: PHL 152 or 252, and four other courses in philosophy, at least two ;of which are advanced courses in philosophy of science (PHL 212, 244, 251, 254, 255, 256).

Clusters

The department offers six clusters, five of these clusters are in the humanities academic division and the sixth, logic, is in the natural sciences and engineering division.

Ethics and Values
Students in this cluster will explore issues in theoretical and applied ethics. This cluster fulfills the humanities cluster requirement.

History of Philosophy
In this cluster students will learn about history of philosophy from ancient times through the early twentieth century. This cluster fulfills the humanities cluster requirement.

Knowledge, Mind, and Nature
This cluster introduces students to the basic methods of philosophical reasoning and allows them to pursue their philosophical interests by taking more advanced courses in the theory of knowledge, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, and metaphysics. This cluster fulfills the humanities cluster requirement.

Philosophy and Law
Students in this cluster explore analytical techniques and philosophical issues related to studying law. This cluster fulfills the humanities cluster requirement.

Philosophy and Teaching Internship
This cluster combines studying the philosophy of education and training with practical experience as interns in the Rochester City School District. Interns work with elementary school children, focusing primarily on teaching clear thinking and writing. This cluster fulfills the humanities cluster requirement.

Logic
Students in this cluster will get a foundation in basic logic, as well as explore theoretical questions about logic and develop more advanced logical systems. This cluster fulfills the natural science cluster requirement.