2024-2025 Catalog 
    May 29, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog

Philosophy (PHIL-MNR-AS) Minor

Location(s): Ferris Main Campus

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The Philosophy Minor is dedicated to helping students become better critical thinkers, more curious intellectuals, and more reflective citizens. Philosophy as a word is rooted in an ancient Greek word that means the love of wisdom. Philosophy devotes itself to wisdom by teaching us how to be better aware of ourselves and the world around us. The core of this awareness is the practice of critical thinking-seeking the best answers to the most enduring questions. Oftentimes our thoughts and behaviors are based upon hidden presumptions and philosophy examines those presumptions, seeking better reasons to justify or revise them. In the process, it is hoped that we will have more flourishing lives-ones characterized by self-examination and integrity.

Program Outcomes

  1. Students will interpret the content and evolution of Western philosophy.
  2. Students will develop philosophical self-reflection as a way of enhancing the quality of their lives and world.
  3. Students will apply the philosophical method of examination to central issues of our environment, human action, and interaction.
  4. Students will integrate traditional philosophical concepts and methods into sustaining an ethical existence and responsible citizenship.
  5. Students will critically appraise arguments in a wide variety of forms and topics.

Admission Requirements

This minor is open to all students enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program, and may only be awarded to those not pursuing a degree in this subject area.

New Student Admission Requirements

  • Students must be admitted to Ferris State University and pursuing a bachelor’s degree.

Transfer Student Admission Requirements

  • Students must be admitted to Ferris State University and pursuing a bachelor’s degree.

All Minor Requirements - 18 Credits Required

Minor Courses - 9 Credits Required


  • Students who return to the university after an interrupted enrollment, not including summer semester, must normally meet the requirements of the curriculum which are in effect at the time of their return, not the requirements which were in effect when they were originally admitted.
  • Credit Variance - Credits required may vary based on course placement, prerequisites, etc. If you have questions, contact your advisor.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate from Ferris State University, students must meet both University and Programmatic Graduation Requirements.

University Graduation Requirements

These are the minimum graduation requirements for a minor at Ferris State University:

  • A GPA of 2.00 or higher must be achieved for the courses within the minor.
  • A minimum of 18 credits within the minor must be earned.
  • A minimum of 50 percent of minor credits must be earned from Ferris State University to meet the Residency requirement.
  • A minimum of 9 of the credits in the minor must be at the 200 level or higher.
  • A maximum of one-third of the credits, but no more than 7 credit hours, in a minor may overlap with the student’s major.
  • Up to 6 credit hours may overlap between any two minors.
  • The minor must be completed prior to or at the awarding of a bachelor’s degree.

Programmatic Graduation Requirements

These are the additional graduation requirements mandated by the program:

  • All requirements as specified in the All Minor Requirements section must be met.
  • A minimum of 6 of the credits in the minor must be at the 300 level or higher.
  • A minimum of 12 credits in the minor must be PHIL (Philosophy) courses.

Contact Information

Dr. John Gray
(231) 591-3515
[email protected]

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