History of Philosophy

(19 semester hours)


The Minor in History of Philosophy is a good choice for students interested in understanding the historical context of philosophical thought, focusing on the origin and and transformation of philosophical concepts. This minor provides a solid foundation to any Liberal Arts education.

The department occasionally offers courses in special topics appropriate to this minor. These may be substituted by petition for any of the following courses: PHL 390, PHL 402, PHL 430, PHL 440, and PHL 460.

One (1) of the following:

  • PHL 103 - Society and the Individual (3)
  • PHL 104 - Purpose or Chance in the Universe (3)
  • PHL 105 - Theories of Human Nature (3)

both of the following:

  • PHL 301 - Ancient Philosophy
  • PHL 302 - Modern Philosophy

and any two (2) of the following:

  • PHL 390 - Existentialism
  • PHL 402 - Nineteenth Century Philosophy
  • PHL 430 - Seminar in Ancient or Medieval Philosophy
  • PHL 440 - Seminar in Modern Philosophy


A minimum 2.0 g.p.a. is required for all courses in this minor. Courses must be taken for a grade (not credit/no-credit). Students planning to take this minor should consult with the chief departmental adviser.


Department of Philosophy
212 Hall Auditorium
Oxford, OH 45056