UMass Boston

Philosophy Minor

Sharpen Your Critical Thinking Skills With a Philosophy Minor.

Are you fascinated by questions about the meaning of life and existence? Do you enjoy pondering ethical dilemmas and moral reasoning? Consider the Philosophy Minor at UMass Boston. 

This program will enhance your critical thinking and academic writing skills, preparing you for further studies or your future career. The curriculum and electives give you the opportunity to learn about many philosophy-related subjects, including ethics, justice & equality, and morals. You can also take classes about well-known philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle. 

After finishing the program, you can pursue careers in government, law, social services, and other related fields. 

Expand Your Studies

How to Apply/Declare

Current Undergraduate Students: Declare or change your minor by completing an Undergraduate Program Add/Change form.

Prospective Undergraduate Students: Apply for admission to UMass Boston by completing an application. Start by reviewing the first-year and transfer application pages for important information about requirements, deadlines, and application status checks. Use the links below to apply: 

Apply as a First-Year Student

Apply as a Transfer Student


Introductory Course (3 Credits)

  • PHIL 100 - Introduction to Philosophy 3 Credit(s)

Electives (15 Credits)

Take any five philosophy courses (except PHIL 478, PHIL 479, and first-year seminars). At least two courses must be 300-level or higher.

Completion Requirements

Complete 18 credits from six courses, including one introductory course and five electives.

Pass/fail: No more than one course taken pass/fail may be applied toward the minor.
Course level: No more than two 100-level courses may be applied toward the minor.


Steven Levine, Philosophy Department Chair
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