Department of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy

Minoring in Philosophy

Beginning with the 2016-18 Undergraduate Catalog, we offer three transcript-recognized minors. All three minors are automatically approved for any regularly enrolled UT student who may wish to declare them. You can declare the minors through the Registrar's online minor and certificate application systemHowever, if you are following an undergraduate catalog prior to 2016-18, you are not eligible for these transcript-recognized minors. Students in earlier undergraduate catalogs should refer to their assigned academic advisor to review their options for minoring. Please note that Philosophy majors may not also choose any of these three minors for their required minor for the degree.

Philosophy

The Philosophy minor is the most broad and flexible minor we offer. It is suitable for students from any college or major who wish to gain exposure to the discipline of philosophy and have the freedom of choice to take the courses they are most interested in. The Philosophy minor requires fifteen hours of coursework in Philosophy, including at least six hours of upper-division coursework and at least nine hours of in residence coursework. Minoring in Philosophy does not guarantee access to specific Philosophy classes. If you encounter trouble registering for any Philosophy courses, you may contact the Academic Advisor for assistance. We do our best to help out minors, but it may not always be possible to grant your request.

Philosophy of Law

The Philosophy of Law minor will be of interest to students who hope to attend law school or simply have a particular interest in the intersection of law and philosophy. It provides training in the foundations of logic and ethics that will be of use to any law student or public servant. The Philosophy of Law minor requires 18 hours including:

  1. PHL 304 Contemporary Moral Problems
  2. PHL 347 Philosophy of Law
  3. One course chosen from: PHL 312 Introduction to Logic, PHL 313 Introductory Symbolic Logic, or PHL 313Q Logic and Scientific Reasoning.
  4. One course chosen from: PHL 318 Introduction to Ethics or PHL 318K Introduction to Political Philosophy
  5. Six additional hours from an approved list. Download the approved list here (PDF).
  6. Coursework applied toward the minor must include at least six hours upper-division and at least nine hours in residence.

Please note some courses in the Philosophy of Law minor may be restricted to particular programs. PHL 313Q is always completely restricted to Plan II majors. PHL 313 will have most of the seats restricted to majors during the early registration period, but any remaining seats will be released to all students by the first class day. If you encounter trouble registering for any Philosophy courses, you may contact the Academic Advisor for assistance. We do our best to help out minors, but it may not always be possible to grant your request.

Philosophy of Mind and Language

The Philosophy of Mind and Language minor is most suitable for those students who discover an interest in philosophy late in their academic career, but may still be drawn to pursuing graduate studies in philosophy. This minor is designed to give students a background in the core compentencies of analytic philosophy (logic, mind and language) which are most prized in the graduate application process. The Philosophy of Mind and Language minor requires 15 hours including:

  1. One course chosen from: PHL 313 Introductory Symbolic Logic or PHL 313Q Logic and Scientific Reasoning
  2. One course chosen from: PHL 303M Mind and Body or PHL 323M Philosophy of Mind
  3. PHL 332 Philosophy of Language
  4. Six additional hours from an approved list. Download the approved list here (PDF).
  5. Coursework applied toward the minor must include at least six hours upper-division and at least nine hours in residence.

Please note some courses in the Philosophy of Law minor may be restricted to particular programs. PHL 313Q is always completely restricted to Plan II majors. PHL 313, PHL 323M, and PHL 332 will have most of the seats restricted to majors during the early registration period, but any remaining seats will be released to all students by the first class day. Additionally, PHL 323M and PHL 332 have an enforced prerequisite of six hours of philosophy coursework. If you encounter trouble registering for any Philosophy courses, you may contact the Academic Advisor for assistance. We do our best to help out minors, but it may not always be possible to grant your request.