Undergraduate Program

Minor and Cluster Requirements

The Department of Philosophy offers a minor and six clusters in philosophy.

Minor 

Requirements 

The philosophy minor requires five courses chosen in consultation with the philosophy department's undergraduate advisor. There is considerable flexibility in the choice of the five courses, though at least two must be above 202, and there should be some thematic unity in the selection.

Minor Examples 

The following are examples of possible themes around which one could build a philosophy minor:

Philosophy of Science

Ethics

History of Philosophy

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.