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The philosophy minor examines the scope and limits of human knowledge, the nature of human values, and our assumptions about reality in courses on ethics, political theory, aesthetics, metaphysics, and logic. Classes are small, allowing for intensive examination of philosophical ideas and a high degree of interaction among students and faculty.

Philosophy minors select between a philosophy minor and a history of philosophy minor. No matter which path you choose, you’ll develop your ability to analyze problems and evaluate their solutions, to distill complex data, to organize ideas and construct arguments, and to communicate clearly and persuasively. The study of philosophy provides a broad acquaintance with some of the greatest achievements of human civilization, and provides excellent preparation for a variety of professional careers, including law, business, teaching, medicine, journalism, and public administration.

If you began your Mills course work fall 2017 and are interested in majoring in philosophy, you may consider the major in global humanities and critical thought. This unique program investigates philosophical questions across a range of disciplines within the humanities.

The philosophy major is available to students who entered Mills before fall 2017. View the catalog requirements for the philosophy major for more information.

Mills College’s innovative Bachelor’s-to-Master’s Accelerated Degree Programs allow you to earn a master’s degree in one additional year of study. Combining a master’s degree with a liberal arts undergraduate education prepares you for career success and increased options upon graduation. Mills students in this major should consider one of these options:
Business Management (MBA)
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Last Updated: 9/8/17