Philosophy Minor

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.

Watch philosophy professor Teodros Kiros discuss liberal arts at Berklee in the video below:

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

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)

4 courses required for completion of the minor.

For more information, contact:

Liberal Arts Department
7 Haviland, Room 334
617 747-2552
Chair: Simone Pilon, spilon@berklee.edu
Liberal Arts Project Manager: Chris Jo, cjo@berklee.edu