Critical thinking and effective argumentation skills

In our Philosophy program, you consider the relationships between the mind and the body, appearance and reality, truth and opinion, right and wrong, the individual and society, humans and nature, religion and the world, and so on. Through this contemplation, you hone your skills of critical thinking and effective argumentation. Our seaside campus provides an ideal setting for you to examine life as a philosopher. Inside our classrooms, meanwhile, you find coursework that introduces questions eminently relevant to our modern lives. 

If you'd like to do more than minor in Philosophy, you can apply for a personal major.



Examples of Available Courses

  • Philosophy of the Red Sox
  • Philosophy of Friendship, Love, Sex, and Marriage.    

Our Philosophy program also offers courses in religious studies. In these classes, you gain historical and comparative understandings of the world’s religious traditions. You examine the spiritual beliefs, practices, and rituals of various peoples to better understand the importance of religious faith in providing a source of human value and meaning.


The minor in Philosophy requires the completion of six courses (minimum 18 credits) with the PHI prefix. At least three of the six courses must be numbered 300 or greater.

Philosophy courses
PHI 110 - Problems of Knowledge
PHI 120 - Living the Good Life
PHI 125 - Phil of Friendship, Love, Marriage, and Sex
PHI 150 - Critical Thinking
PHI 160 - Science, Pseudo-Science, and Weird Ideas
PHI 183 - Free Will and Determinism
PHI 200 - Science and Human Nature
PHI 220 - Individual and Society
PHI 250 - Thinking Critically About Moral Problems
PHI 276 - HT I: Virtue and Happiness
PHI 278 - HT II: Knowledge, Skepticism and Reasonable Belief
PHI 302 - Good and Evil, Right and Wrong
PHI 304 - Social and Political Philosophy
PHI 307 - God, Life, and the Hereafter
PHI 315 - Bioethics
PHI 318 - Chinese Philosophy
PHI 320 - Readings in History and Philosophy of Science
PHI 325 - Topics in Philosophy
PHI 330 - Environmental Philosophy
PHI 340- History of Philosophy: Descartes through Kant
PHI 350 - Ancient Philosophy
PHI 351 - Philosophy of Science
PHI 370 - Philosophy of Psychology
PHI 380 - Philosophy of Mind
PHI 401 - Directed Study in Philosophy
PHI 402 - Philosophy of Biology
PHI 408 - Theory of Knowledge
PHI 420 - Advanced Seminar
PHI 430 - What's Really Real

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the ability to identify and evaluate philosophical arguments.
  2. Give, orally or in writing, a philosophical argument.
  3. Identify and explain philosophical problems along with possible solutions.
  4. Identify, explain, compare and contrast the views of important philosophers.
  5. Explain philosophical methods.
  6. Give examples of how philosophy bears on their other studies and on human life in general.