Minor Coordinator

Lisabeth During
Email: lduring@pratt.edu
Office: Dekalb 310


Doing philosophy is a commitment to asking questions.  It assumes a love for ideas and an interest in debating the principles that guide thinking and acting, knowing and doing. The field of philosophy is abstract but also practical: it makes people think about the value of truth, the reality of the mind and the uses of power. It inquires into the place of humans in relation to the environment and social institutions, and looks into the puzzles of time, space, art, memory, language, selfhood, embodiment, life, and death.  


The Philosophy Minor at Pratt introduces classical problems of the discipline in order to translate them into contemporary contexts. It challenges traditional wisdom with new arguments, considers better models for the future and the present, and studies major thinkers of the past whose influence continues to shape modern culture. Central to the Minor at Pratt are the fields of ethics and political theory (how to live, what is justice, what is power), the theory of knowledge (cognition, perception, authority, and doubt), and the philosophy of art (aesthetics, culture ,and experience). Students shape their own program to satisfy their own intellectual curiosity by selecting courses in aesthetics, ethics and environmental philosophy, politics and biopolitics, metaphysics, logic, and others from a generous range of courses.

How to Minor in Philosophy

Doing a Philosophy Minor can work in tandem with any Major. There is one required course, Phil 200, Foundations in Philosophy. You must also select one course from the menu, "Philosophic Themes." You also need to take three additional electives from the "General Philosophy" list, which includes Philosophy and interdisciplinary courses. At least two of the courses you count towards the Minor should be at 300-level or higher. You may take the courses in any order you like, and register for the Minor at any point during your undergraduate career at Pratt before the beginning of your final semester. Please contact the Coordinator to enroll and for advice on your program of study: Lisabeth During, lduring@pratt.edu

The minor requires 15 credits, 6 of which should be at the 300 level or higher.

Choose 3 credits in the History of Philosophy from the following:

  • PHIL-208 History of Ancient Philosophy (3 credits)
  • PHI-209 Modern Philosophy: History and Problems (3 credits)

Choose 3 credits in Contemporary Philosophy from the following:

  • PHIL-200 Problems in Philosophy (3 credits)
  • PHIL-210 Ethics and Social Issues (3 credits)
  • PHIL-265 Aesthetics (3 credits)
  • PHIL-301 Logic (3 credits)

Choose 9 elective credits:

  • PHIL-301 Logic (if not already taken as your Contemporary Philosophy course) (3 credits)
  • PHIL-307 Philosophy and Contemporary Cultural Theory (3 credits)
  • PHIL-311 Philosophy of Literature (3 credits)
  • PHIL-312 Philosophical Ethics (3 credits)
  • PHIL-320 Existentialism (3 credits)
  • PHIL-350 Metaphysics (3 credits)
  • PHIL-355 Theories of Knowledge (3 credits)
  • PHIL-356 Environmental Ethics (3 credits)
  • PHIL-400 Phenomenology (3 credits)
  • PHIL-450 Advanced Topics in Philosophy (3 credits)
  • SS-460 Modern Political Thought (3 credits)
  • CH-442 Romanticism to Existentialism (3 credits)

You should speak with your academic advisor and the minor coordinator before filling a minor declaration form.

See Philosophy, Minor Overview and Academic Requirements