Philosophy (Minor)

Learn to think and to question.

Grapple with tough ethical questions. Examine political theories and contemporary feminist thought. Examine the ideas that have shaped Eastern and Western cultures. Learn and master the fine art of argument. Discover how language provides a clue to the world both seen and unseen.

And, learn to express beautifully why the beautiful is indispensable to human life.

A Philosophy minor is the perfect companion to virtually any degree program at Mary Baldwin.

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Why minor in Philosophy at Mary Baldwin?

Philosophy is unlike any other field: it is unique both in its methods and in the nature and breadth of its subject matter. Philosophy pursues fundamental questions in every dimension of human life, and its techniques apply to problems in many disciplines and endeavors. No single definition expresses the richness and variety of philosophy: it is a reasoned pursuit of fundamental truths, a quest for deeper understanding, a study of the principles of conduct, and a critical examination of the ways of knowing and experiencing.

At Mary Baldwin, smaller class sizes, individualized faculty attention, and an emphasis on inclusivity ensure robust discussion and diverse opportunities for scholarly inquiry as part of the Philosophy minor.

Special Opportunities

  • Many programs and events jointly sponsored by Religion and Philosophy, such as Black History Month events — Black Baby Doll Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight March and Memorial Service, Kwanzaa, Annual Praise House Service
  • Annual Peacebuilding and World Religions presentations and campus guest speakers
  • Support for diverse Spencer Center and student club civic activities
  • Internship opportunities: mediation and conflict resolution, peacebuilding, interfaith programs
  • International civic engagement through May Term course offerings
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Minor Requirements 

Our Philosophy minor is an 18-credit program requiring the following courses:


  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Introduction to Ethics
  • Introduction to Logic
  • + Three additional PHIL courses  

View all minor course requirements.

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