The Department of Philosophy offers a minor in philosophy with a law and justice concentration. The course of study is designed to provide students with a background in logic and argumentation, with a focus on the nature of legal reasoning, and a introduction to some of the most important philosophical themes and traditions from ancient to contemporary times.


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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the philosophy minor (Law and Justice Concentration), students should meet the following overall program goals, as demonstrated by their abilities to meet these goals’ respective batteries of specific learning objectives:

  1. Exhibit facility in the theory and practice of argumentation, reasoning, and critical thinking.
  2. Identify, summarize, and compare and contrast several of the contemporary branches and traditional classics of Western philosophy from antiquity to the present.
  3. Identify, summarize, and compare and contrast central problems in the philosophy of law, ethics, and public policy.

More detailed specifications of these learning objectives are available upon request.

Career Possibilities

No matter what career one is interested in, philosophy will provide a sound base on which to build. Many employers look for people who can think soundly and clearly about difficult problems, and the primary aim of a philosophical education is to develop such critical and analytical skills. Though the philosophy law and justice concentration is aimed at those considering legal careers, philosophy students have become many things other than lawyers: bankers, civil servants, journalists, writers, professors, teachers, information technology specialists, business executives and analysts, politicians, consultants, physicians, and members of the clergy. Philosophy students enjoy an advantage in applying for graduate and professional programs. On average, they score significantly higher than other students on the LSAT, GMAT, and GRE exams. For more career options, please visit the Wilson Advising Center.


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Minor in Philosophy; Concentration in Law and Justice

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Department of Philosophy

The philosophy department offers its majors a balanced curriculum of courses in the history of philosophy and in the most recent philosophical theories. Philosophy applies reasoning and rigorous argumentation to questions central to human life: What is ethical? What is just? What is art? What is knowledge? What is real?