Minor and Cluster Requirements
The Department of Philosophy offers a minor and six clusters in philosophy.
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.
The following are examples of possible themes around which one could build a philosophy minor:
Philosophy of Science
- PHL 110: Introductory Logic
- PHL 252: Philosophy of Science
- Three other courses in philosophy of science (PHL 105, 106, 218, 243, 244, 250-259)
- PHL 102: Ethics or PHL 103: Contemporary Moral Problems
- Four other courses in ethics (PHL 102, 103, 220-230)
History of Philosophy
- PHL 201: History of Ancient Philosophy
- PHL 202: History of Modern Philosophy I
- Three other courses in the history of philosophy (PHL 221, 260-269, 303, 318-324)
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.
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.