Studying philosophy improves your abilities to think and communicate, and to acquire a breadth of understanding about the world, science, society, and yourself that can inform your judgment and how you shape the world long after graduation. Students pursuing the philosophy minor sometimes come from high schools with international baccalaureate programs or strong AP courses where their awareness and enthusiasm for philosophy was stimulated. Others take a course to help fulfill their humanities requirement, then get hooked on ethics, epistemology, phenomenology, or other topics. Some students have taken full advantage of the minor, such as a student several years ago who was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, earned a DPhil in Philosophy at Oxford (writing on political liberalism), then a JD at Harvard (and returned during this process for a semester to teach a course for us).
Georgia Tech’s philosophers offer a Minor in Philosophy of Science and Technology (PHIL). Students who wish to obtain this Minor must complete at least 15 hours of PHIL course work, 12 hours of which must be at the level of 3000 or above. These courses must be taken for a letter grade and completed with a grade point average of at least 2.0. No more than 4 hours can be Special Topics courses (PHIL 4801-2-3); Special Problem courses (PHIL 4901-2-3) do not count toward a PHIL Minor.
To keep track of the classes you take, it would be useful to download the official minor form. This form must be signed by the Director of the PHIL program before you graduate. Feel free to stop by if you have any questions.
Full course descriptions are available on our Philosophy Classes page.
- PHIL 3103 Modern Philosophy (substitution possible on request)
- PHIL 3115 Philosophy of Science (substitution possible on request)
Choose 4 from the following list, at least 2 at 3000+level
- PHIL 2010 Introduction to Philosophical Analysis
- PHIL 2025 Philosophical Analysis of Policy Choices
- INTA 2030 Ethics and International Affairs
- PHIL 3050 Political Philosophy
- PHIL 3102 Ancient Philosophy
- PHIL 3103 Modern Philosophy
- PHIL 3105 Ethical Theories
- PHIL 3109 Engineering Ethics
- PHIL 3113 Logic and Critical Thinking
- PHIL 3127 Science, Technology, and Human Values
- PHIL 4110 Theories of Knowledge
- PHIL 4752 Philosophical Issues in Computation
- PHIL 4174 Perspectives in Science and Technology
- PHIL 4176 Environmental Ethics
- PHIL 4801-2-3 Special Topics