Philosophy Minor

Students who plan to major in another discipline but who wish to enhance their studies with a substantial amount of coursework in philosophy may elect to obtain a minor in philosophy.

Students wishing to minor in philosophy should follow the procedure to Declare Your Minor.


At UWM, incoming freshmen interested in studying philosophy are advised to begin with the general introductory course, PHILOS 101, though there are several courses, especially at the 200 level, that are open to students without a background in philosophy. The 300 level includes courses designed to provide more in-depth treatments of traditional philosophical areas. Courses at the 400 level are devoted to the history of philosophy. Courses at the 500 level deal with specific issues and problems.

The College of Letters & Science requires that students attain at least a 2.0 GPA on all credits in the minor attempted at UWM. Students must attain a 2.0 GPA on all minor credits attempted, including any transfer work.

Students wishing to minor in philosophy should consult with the undergraduate program coordinator in order to complete a declaration of minor form and be assigned a departmental advisor.

The minor requires 18 credits in philosophy. Nine credits are required at the 300 level or above, all of which must be taken in residence at UWM.

Choose one:3
Elementary Logic
Great Thinkers of the Ancient Period
Great Thinkers of the Modern Period
Nineteenth-Century Philosophers
Select five additional philosophy courses15
Total Credits18