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The department of History, Philosophy, and Religious offers a minor program in each specific area. Graduates excel as communicators, sensitive to others’ values and beliefs, and as experienced researchers, they thrive in graduate and professional schools.

Your faculty advisor will help you define your path after college, whether it includes graduate study or a career in education, law, communications, archiving, or public administration, among many others. Click the minor below to learn more. 

  • History Minor

    Develop a sense of the past. Process the change.

    Our students in the History minor will:

    • Demonstrate knowledge of the past gained through reading, writing, discussion and lectures;
    • Establish an understanding of their society in context of diverse time frames and perspectives;
    • Read and think critically, write and speak clearly and persuasively, and conduct research effectively;
    • Will demonstrate insight into human values in their own and other cultural traditions.


    REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN HISTORY

    Core Required Courses (12)
    HIST 213 Historical Themes 3
    East Asian History course (HIST 232, HIST 237, HIST 238 or HIST 239) 3
    European History Course (HIST 216 or HIST 220)  3

    United States History Course (HIST 101, HIST 103, HIST 244, or HIST 246) 

    3

    Select any two History courses at the 300-level or above

    (6)
    Total Credits: 18
  • Law and Ethics Minor

    The Capitol BuildingLaw school is a gateway to prosperous, fulfilling careers in the justice system, government, business, public policy institutes, think tanks, and many other areas.  A prime location in New York City and our interdisciplinary curricular resources provide students with strong preparation for law school.

    LEARNING GOALS FOR THE LAW AND ETHICS MINOR

    Students who complete the Law and Ethics Minor will be able to:

    • Explain and apply basic concepts and distinctions in law,
    • Reconstruct and analyze formal arguments,
    • Create and evaluate arguments in written and oral forms,
    • Explain and analyze the structure and principles of the American political and legal system,
    • Explain, apply, and critically evaluate the use of ethical principles in the law,
    • Conduct qualitative and empirical research on legal issues.

     Students are encouraged to visit the official website of the Law School Admissions Council, in conjunction with working closely with their Law and Ethics Advisor, as early as possible in their course of study in order to prepare properly for taking the LSAT exam and applying to law school programs.

     

    MINOR IN LAW AND ETHICS

    Total Credits: 18

    Required Courses  (9)
    PHIL 103: Introduction to Ethics 3
    PHIL 109: Introduction to Logic   3
    PS 106: Introduction to U.S. Politics 3
    Law in Context (select one course from the following) (3)
    AIP 312: Great Trials of the Century (UP)
    AIP 314: The Criminal Mind (UP) 3
    AIP 336: The Politics of Abortion (UP)  3
    AIP 345: Civil Rights (REP, UP)  3
    EWL 322: Literature and Human Rights (IP, EP) 3
    EWL 331: Literature and Revolution (CP, IP) 3
    PS 324: Law, Government, and Politics in America (UP)  3
    PS 317: Money, Sex, and Power (UP)  3
    Law and Theory  (select one course from the following) (3)
    AIP 318: Foundations of Anglo-American Law (CP, IP)  3
    PHIL 340: Ethics and Law (EP) 
    PHR 310: Theories of Human Rights                         3
    PS 402: American Constitutional Law (UP)  3
    Experiential Learning and Methods  (select one course from the following) (3)
    ACCT 332: Forensic Accounting (EP)  3
     HIST/PHR 316: Archival Methods
    PHR/PS 333: Mock Trial 3
    PHR/PS/SOC 336: Playing Politics (EP, UP)  3
    PHR/PS/SOC 371: Research Methods in Social Sciences 3
    Internship 399/499 3
    These courses may be substituted for requirements in the minor in consultation with the Program Coordinator:  
    BUS 303: Business Law II (EP, UP) 3
    COMM/JOUR 395: Media, Law, and Ethics (EP)  3
    IS/PS 315: International Law (IP)  3
    IS/PS 357: Human Rights in Comparative Perspective (IP)  3
    Total Credits: 18
  • Philosophy Minor

    Philosophy is at the core of the liberal arts, and a minor in this discipline will supplement your major by honing your critical thinking skills and inviting you to ponder the most profound questions that we as human beings face.

    Minors in Philosophy will:

    • identify concerns at the heart of human experience, especially those pertaining to the fundamental nature of reality, knowledge, and values;
    • understand the way the greatest thinkers have addressed these concerns throughout human history;
    • and respond to these issues themselves, building on a firm foundation of formal reasoning, analytic method and critical intelligence.

    The skills promoted by a minor in Philosophy, in concert with a major concentration, are essential to understanding the world around us. They are also universally applicable in our own lives and in our chosen professions. Overall, they serve as the necessary tools for becoming an informed and engaged citizen of the world.

    REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN PHILOSOPHY

    Core Required Courses: (6)
    PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy                                                                     3
    PHIL 103 Introduction to Ethics 3
    Select one of the following: (3)
    PHIL 201 Ancient Philosophy; 3
    PHIL 203 Medieval Philosophy; 3
    PHIL 305 Modern Philosophy 3
    Select three Philosophy electives  (9)
    Total Credits: 18

    *Students must take a total of three classes at the 300 level or above.

  • Religious Studies Minor

    The study of religion is at the core of the liberal arts, and a minor in Religious Studies will supplement your major by providing literacy in a variety of religious traditions and by inviting you to reflect on ways human beings have lived out responses to their deepest and most profound questions.

    Minors in Religious Studies will:

    • identify concerns at the heart of human experience, especially those pertaining to the fundamental nature of reality, knowledge, and values;
    • understand the way religious communities have addressed these concerns throughout history, in relation to other social and cultural forces;
    • and respond to these issues themselves, building on a firm foundation of cultural literacy, analytic method, and critical intelligence.

    The skills promoted by a minor in Religious Studies, in concert with a major concentration, are essential to understanding the world around us. They are also universally applicable in our own lives and in our chosen professions. Overall, they serve as the necessary tools for becoming an informed and engaged citizen of the world.

    REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES

    Core Required Courses: (9)
    RS 115 Introduction to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam                           3
    RS 120 Introduction to the Religions of Asia 3
    PHIL 322 Philosophy of Religion 3
    Select three Religious Studies electives, two of which must be at the  300-level or above.
    (9)
    Total Credits: 18