Minor in Philosophy


The Philosophy Minor at KPU provides students with a general education in Western Philosophy that can be a valuable supplement to majors or minors in most other academic disciplines. Philosophy minors must complete courses in epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics, and are encouraged to take courses in logic and the history of philosophy as well. The minor program is designed to facilitate the development of critical reasoning and writing skills, both in general and with regard to specialized research in the discipline. Philosophy minors at KPU will experience a learning environment that is supportive and challenging. Pursuing the minor fosters engaged citizenship and community leadership, along with enabling the student to develop the critical reasoning, writing, and problem-solving skills required for a successful career in any area. This minor may be applied towards any KPU bachelor's degree.

Faculty's website: kpu.ca/arts

Department's website: kpu.ca/arts/philosophy

Admission Requirements

Students pursuing a minor in Philosophy must be admitted to KPU for undergraduate studies.

Declaration Requirements

Students pursuing this minor must declare their intention prior to graduation. A minor may only be declared as part of a bachelor’s degree.

Curricular Requirements

Students must achieve a minimum grade of C in all required courses.

Select 15 credits from the following courses in PHIL at the 1100 or 2000 level, including PHIL 2110, 2210 and 2215:15
1000 Level
General Introduction to Philosophy
Philosophy, Culture, and Identity
Introduction to Moral Philosophy
Sustainability and Ethics
Introduction to Environmental Ethics
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Formal Logic
Introduction to Scientific Reasoning
2000 Level
Ancient Greek Philosophy
Modern Philosophy: Descartes to Kant
Moral Theory
Asian Philosophy
Social and Political Philosophy
Philosophy of Religion
Select 15 credits from the following courses in PHIL at the 3000 or 4000 level:15
3000 Level
Business Ethics
Philosophy of Art
Great Philosophers of the 20th Century
20th Century Analytic Philosophy
Life and Death
Foundations in Ethics
The Possibility of Knowledge
Ethics and Public Policy
Contemporary Moral Theory
Free Will and Determinism
Intermediate Formal Logic
Personal Identity
Language and Meaning
Philosophy of Mind: Consciousness
Confronting Moral Issues: Business Ethics
4000 Level
Topics in the Philosophy of Art
Topics in Ethics
Topics in Social and Political Philosophy
Topics in Philosophy of Religion
Topics in Epistemology
Topics in Metaphysics
Topics in the Philosophy of Mind
Total Credits30

Students may take the same 4th year Topics course twice for different credit if and only if the content differs significantly. Students who wish to take the same 4th year Topics course more than once must obtain the permission of the Chair of the Philosophy Department.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of the minor as part of a bachelor’s degree program, transcripts will indicate a Minor in Philosophy.

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