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Minor

A minor in Philosophy consists of at least 30 units in Philosophy. 

Please check the Stanford Bulletin (ExploreDegrees) for the most up to date requirements.

I. One of the following courses must be completed:

  • a history of philosophy course numbered 100 or above
  • one quarter of Philosophy Thinking Matters (THINK)

II. Minors must take one course from any twoof the following three areas:

AREA 1. PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE AND LOGIC:

  • Philosophy of Science: either PHIL 60, PHIL 61, or an intermediate philosophy of science courses numbered between PHIL 160 - 169; or
  • Logic:
    • PHIL 50 Introductory Logic 
    • PHIL 49 Survey of Formal Methods
    • PHIL 150 Mathematical Logic 
    • PHIL 151 Metalogic 
    • PHIL 154 Modal Logic

AREA ​2. MORAL AND POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY:

Students may take PHIL 2 or any intermediate course devoted to central topics in moral and political philosophy numbered between PHIL 170 - 172, or 174-176.

AREA 3. CONTEMPORARY THEORETICAL PHILOSOPHY:

This requirement may be satisfied by intermediate courses numbered between PHIL 180 - 189.

Notes:

  • At least 10 units must be from courses numbered 100 or above.
  • Any units taken for a letter grade in fulfillment of the core requirements must be completed with a  grade of C- or higher.
  • Transfer units must be approved in writing by the Director of Undergraduate Study at the time of declaring. The number of transfer units is generally limited to a maximum of 10.
  • No more than 6 units completed with grades of 'satisfactory' or 'credit' count towards the 30-unit requirement.
  • Units for tutorials, directed reading, and affiliated courses may not be counted.

Students must declare their intention to minor in Philosophy in a meeting with the Director of Undergraduate Study. This formal declaration must be made no later than the last day of the quarter two quarters before degree conferral. The Permission to Declare a Philosophy Minor (signed by the Director of Undergraduate Study) lists courses taken and to be taken to fulfill minor requirements. This permission is on file in the department office. Before graduation, a student's record is checked to see that requirements have been fulfilled, and the results are reported to the University Registrar.