John Cabot University: the Academic Experience

Minor in Philosophy in Rome


How should we live? What is the mind, soul, or self? Can war or genetic engineering be justified? Can computers think? Are we free? Is abortion right or wrong? How do we know what is true? 

If you ever think about questions like these, you are doing philosophy. From the deep questions of life to concrete cases and problems, philosophy is challenging, imaginative, and critical: it helps us to create, interpret, and analyze ideas, to think clearly, and to argue effectively. Students take these essential skills into careers ranging from business, medicine, law, and government to journalism, art, public relations, and technology.

  • Explain and evaluate concepts and arguments used in philosophical debates over fundamental questions and concrete issues and applications.
  • Understand and interpret primary and secondary philosophical texts.
  • Develop reflective, analytical, interpretative, critical, creative, problem-solving, argumentative, and expressive skills.

Requirements for the Minor

  • PH 101 Introduction to Philosophical Thinking
  • Five additional courses with the PH prefix, two of which must be at the 300 level


  • No more than one grade of lower than a C- will be accepted in courses applying to the minor.
  • In the case of multiple minors, no course may apply to more than one minor.
  • No more than three courses may apply to both the major and the minor.
  • At least four courses must be taken in residence at John Cabot.
  • Requirements for the minor must be completed by the time of graduation.