Minor In Philosophy

A philosopher is defined as a "lover of wisdom." We define wisdom, in turn, as not simply knowledge but an appreciation of how to use that knowledge. The ancient Greek command to "Know thyself!" is where all true philosophers begin their quest for that wisdom, a quest which lasts a lifetime.

Understand the practical advantages of studying philosophy

Many people fail to see any practical reason for studying philosophy. The ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus acknowledged their point but defended the discipline when he said: "Empty is the argument of the philosopher by which no human disease is healed — for just as there is no benefit in medicine if it does not drive out bodily diseases, so there is no benefit in philosophy if it does not drive out the disease of the soul." We agree. Philosophy should make a difference. That’s why we emphasize the areas of philosophy that affect the world around us in demonstrable ways — ethics, philosophy of religion, and political theory.

In fact, the study of philosophy is one of the best ways to enhance the ability to think clearly and creatively.

Our philosophy classes will help you acquire and develop:
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Skills in argumentation
  • Communication skills
  • Skills in thinking "outside the box"
Did you know...

Jeff Bezos (the founder and CEO of Amazon.com), Phil Jackson (the NBA’s "winningest" coach), Jay Leno, and Harrison Ford all studied the discipline and used their philosophy skills to help them get where they are.

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Our faculty are leaders and innovators in their fields, bringing both deep professional experience and academic rigor to the classroom.

Selected Courses and Programs
  • Modern symbolic logic and its applications.

  • How shall one live? Critical examination of answers proposed by classic and modern philosophers of the major world traditions.

  • The University of New Haven offers a wide variety of in-depth courses that create a transformational educational experience for our students. To view the complete list of courses you'll take while pursuing a minor in Philosophy, check out the Academic Catalog:

    Philosophy Minor

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