Trinity’s mission as a Catholic university committed to the empowerment of women, and to the advancement of social justice, calls for an in-depth analysis of the ways in which philosophical ideas both contribute to and militate against the human flourishing of people of all genders, races, classes, and ethnic groups. The Philosophy minor program offers the opportunity for such analysis.

What do we know? What must we do? What can we hope for?
In order to answer these and other questions, our philosophy program examines and explores the ways in which we know (or claim to know) things. The study of philosophy takes curiosity, imagination and the ability both to “see the big picture” and to think about the big questions. In our philosophy courses, therefore, students practice their analytical skills and hone their ability to abstract clear meaning from a text.

The Philosophy Program supports Trinity’s general education curriculum with its emphasis on the interdisciplinary nature of human knowledge. The courses offered emphasize the foundational assumptions of the traditional disciplines and examine the ways in which these assumptions are interrelated. A minor in Philosophy serves students well for careers in law, government service and graduate school in any of the social sciences or humanities.

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Degree Level: Undergraduate
Degree Type: Minor
School: College of Arts and Sciences
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Trinity’s mission as a Catholic university committed to the empowerment of women, and to the advancement of social justice, calls for an in-depth analysis of the ways in which philosophical ideas both contribute to and militate against the human flourishing of people of all genders, races, classes, and ethnic groups. The Philosophy minor program offers the opportunity for such analysis.

What do we know? What must we do? What can we hope for?
In order to answer these and other questions, our philosophy program examines and explores the ways in which we know (or claim to know) things. The study of philosophy takes curiosity, imagination and the ability both to “see the big picture” and to think about the big questions. In our philosophy courses, therefore, students practice their analytical skills and hone their ability to abstract clear meaning from a text.

The Philosophy Program supports Trinity’s general education curriculum with its emphasis on the interdisciplinary nature of human knowledge. The courses offered emphasize the foundational assumptions of the traditional disciplines and examine the ways in which these assumptions are interrelated. A minor in Philosophy serves students well for careers in law, government service and graduate school in any of the social sciences or humanities.

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Philosophy explores the ideas, values, principles, and arguments through which we shape our lives and our learning.

Convenient Evening and Weekend Courses Including

PHIL 150 Critical Reasoning and Oral Argumentation
PHIL 211 Ancient Philosophy
PHIL 226 Phil, Prot,& Resist Race&Gen Inequality
PHIL 227 Truth, Information, and (Dis)Information
PHIL 237 Women and Philosophy

Learn In-Demand Skills

  • Learn the philosophical foundations underpinning our law and government
  • Understand logic systems used in business, tech and more
  • Become versed in the philosophical conversation around ethics and justice

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Publisher
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