2018-2019 Catalog (Current)


Degree Type: Minor
College(s): College of Arts and Sciences

Why Choose the Philosophy Minor? - Program Spotlight

Philosophy is the basis of any discipline, whether it is science, math, medicine, literature, legal studies, history or technology. As a result, philosophy allows students the opportunity to discover the intellectual history and cultural context to any area of study. In addition, the minor allows students to develop writing and critical thinking skills that are essential to job placement and advancement.

Admission Requirements

This philosophy minor is open to any student admitted to Ferris State and pursuing a baccalaureate degree. The minor is designed to complement any Ferris major program. A maximum of 1/3 of the credits, but no more than 7 credits, in a minor may overlap with the student's major.  Students may apply 6 credit hours of overlap between minors.

Graduation Requirements

An academic minor may only be awarded upon completion of a baccalaureate degree at Ferris State. This minor requires a minimum of 18 credits with a minimum 2.0 grade average in these courses.  At least 12 of the credits must carry PHIL designators, at least 50 percent of the credits must be numbered 200 or higher, with 6 credits 300 or higher.  At least 50 percent of the credits must be Ferris State University credits.  

Also, 50 percent of the credits for a minor must be taught by Ferris State University.

More Information

ADVISOR: Dr. John Gray
PHONE: 231-591-3515

Department of Humanities
Ferris State University
1009 Campus Drive/JOH 119
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2280
Phone: 231-591-3675

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Required Courses
Credit Hours
Ancient Through Medieval
Modern Philosophy
Choose One:
Introduction to Ethics
Introduction to Logic
Electives (choose 9 credits)
Introduction to Philosophy
Philosophy of Sex and Love
Ethics in Health Care
Feminist and Gender Theory
Contemporary Philosophy
Political & Social Philosophy
Biomedical Ethics
Comparative Religions
Eastern Religions
Western Religions