Minors & Certificates


What is Philosophy?

Philosophy deals with basic questions, such as: What is knowledge? What makes something morally wrong? What is the mind? What is art? Some courses deal with the history of thought about such questions. Other courses deal with contemporary discussions of these questions. In addition, philosophy deals with a variety of questions that arise in the context of contemporary science and morality, such as: What is evolution? Can computers think? May doctors assist in suicide? Courses dealing with these sorts of questions are often interdisciplinary in nature, drawing on such subjects as biology, psychology and medicine.

The best reason to study philosophy is simply because it is interesting. However, in addition to satisfying a need to know, philosophy offers a number of additional benefits. Students who study philosophy learn to think deeply and carefully about complex issues. They learn to construct precise arguments in defense of their ideas. They learn to write well. Because most of our courses are small (especially at the 3000-level and above), students receive close personal attention to better help them develop these important skills.

Career Possibilities

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UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Students in the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Special Programs

The department sponsors a vibrant speaker series and an annual colloquium featuring multiple speakers addressing a single theme. Undergraduate students are expected to attend these events. One of the best ways to experience the thrill of philosophy is to observe professional philosophers debating the issues with one another. Undergraduate students will have opportunities to speak with and ask questions of visiting speakers.

Admission Requirements

Students already pursuing a degree in any college at UC can add the minor to their program. Be sure to submit a declaration of the minor using our online form.


In addition, you must meet with the program director so that the department is aware that you are pursuing the minor and can advise you appropriately. Do this early enough to avoid delay in obtaining your minor.

Graduation Requirements

If you have declared the minor, then it will appear on your application for graduation. Apply for graduation as you normally would for your bachelor’s degree.


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Quick Facts

Completion of Academic Minor Degree in Philosophy

Full-Time Program Duration

1.5 Years


Uptown Campus West


206 McMicken Hall
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0374
Phone: (513) 556-6325
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