Philosophy

The philosophy minor at Berklee offers students an opportunity to explore major philosophical schools of thought, including idealism, realism, pragmatism, existentialism, Buddhism, and Taoism. Students develop the qualities of critical thinking, philosophical inquiry, and analysis. Students also engage in philosophical questioning and apply ethical issues to their study of music. The philosophy minor has at its foundation the belief that philosophical discourse is an essential component of the educational experience. Studying philosophy enables students to develop into individuals who possess a love of wisdom and who understand and interpret the human condition.

Entrance Requirements

LENG-111 and LENG-211.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of a minor in philosophy, students will:

  • Synthesize and integrate knowledge of philosophical schools of thought, including idealism, realism, pragmatism, existentialism, Buddhism, and Taoism.
  • Apply philosophical thinking in real world contexts
  • Evaluate major philosophical themes
  • Understand key terminology in philosophy
  • Compose written and oral communications appropriate to the study of philosophy
  • Apply critical thinking and practical reasoning to the study of philosophy
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Requirements

12 credits required for the minor. 

Required Courses

  • LPHL-381 Western Philosophy (3 credits)
  • LPHL-382 Eastern Philosophy (3 credits)

Elective Courses (choose two from the following)

  • LPHL-361 Philosophy of Religion (3 credits)
  • LPHL-365 Ethics (3 credits)
  • LPHL-383 Aesthetics (3 credits)
  • LPHL-P384 Africana Philosophy (3 credits)
  • LPHL-475 Philosophy of Education (3 credits)
Assessment Evidence

1. In-class discussion of reading assignments and key course concepts

2. Regular one-on-one meetings between faculty and students to review course materials and assess student progress.

3. In-class exams.

4. Papers demonstrating mastery of key concepts and vocabulary.