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On Campus
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2-3 semesters
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Refine your critical thinking skills and explore deep questions in morality, ethics, and the human condition with a minor in Philosophy.
Obtaining a minor in philosophy will likely help you think more deeply about your major and, thereby understand it better. Philosophy is a field that encourages a great deal of critical thinking and analysis, you will likely find your philosophy training valuable for any job or graduate program.

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Why Earn a Philosophy Minor?

A minor in philosophy will enhance your ability to analyze problems and consider multiple solutions. Students who are interested in law, business, psychology, counseling, education, or any field that requires in-depth critical thinking and problem solving can benefit from a minor in philosophy.

Philosophy Minor Highlights

The UNT Department of Philosophy and Religion is the home of the nation's leading Doctoral Program in environmental ethics/philosophy and the nation's first Masters's Program in the field.
The department has also been singled our for creating the world's first Field Station in environmental philosophy, science, and policy at Cape Horn, Chile.
Our faculty members are outstanding teachers and scholars, including leading authorities on environmental ethics, philosophy of science and technology, and continental philosophy. They have written hundreds of books and articles, and many are considered international experts in their areas.
The department sponsors several scholarships to help you pursue your degree. All philosophy majors are eligible for scholarships.
Our department houses the Philosophy of Food Project. It aims to disseminate information about the philosophical investigation of food and help raise the level of public discourse about food, agriculture, animals, and eating.
The UNT Philosophy Club is a student organization that brings students and faculty together in dialogue about topics in the study of philosophy. The Philosophy Club provides a casual environment to discuss a range of issues in metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, politics, and aesthetics.

Philosophy Minor Courses You Could Take

Philosophy of Art (3 hrs)
An examination of what makes something art, what makes someone an artist; how painting, music, literature, movies, and performance are similar and different; and the role of art in our social and political lives.
Ethics in Science (3 hrs)
Survey of the philosophical relationships between ethics (including political and cultural values) and science (as a practice and form of inquiry). Topics include research ethics, experimentation on animals, biotechnology, information technology, gender in science, religion and science, and science policy.
Antiracist Thought (3 hrs)
Examines the pertinence and practice of antiracist thought by addressing the historical and political conditions of the emergence and endurance of racism, and different strategies to talk, challenge, and transform racist societies. Racism is addressed in relation to sexism, classism, ableism, and other forms of discrimination in our contemporary world.
Philosophy of Climate Change (3 hrs)
Examines the ethical and philosophical dimensions of climate change through an interdisciplinary exploration of such issues as climate justice, uncertainty and risk, individual and collective responsibilities for climate change and climate action, the role of science and technology in policy, and the ethics of geoengineering.
Philosophy and Public Policy (3 hrs)
Explores how recent developments in moral theory, political philosophy, and philosophy of science and technology can clarify issues in public policy. Topics include the nature of government, the justification and limitations of collective action, the instruments of public policy, democracy and the economy, social costs and benefits, science and technology policy, computers and information policy, food and water policy, and environmental and development policy.
Logic and Critical Thinking (3 hrs)
Focus on critical thinking to develop the skills for making sound arguments and for evaluating the arguments of others in order to recognize the difference between arbitrary and well-reasoned judgments. Topics include deductive and inductive modes of practical reasoning, common fallacies, rules of inference, and the formal rules of logic.

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