Minor in Philosophy

Students majoring in other departments may take a minor in philosophy by completing the following in addition to the two-course University requirement in Philosophy:  

  • The sequence in the history of philosophy
    30301 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy and 30302 Modern Philosophy
  • One course at the 30000-level or 40000-level
  • One course at the 40000-level

Interdisciplinary Minors


Philosophy in the Catholic Tradition

Open only to those undergraduates who are majors in either Philosophy or Theology, the Philosophy in the Catholic Tradition minor deepens understanding of what the distinctively Catholic Tradition in philosophy is. In this minor, the relationship between political science and theology provides the subject for philosophical inquiry.


15 credit hours, including:

  • God, Philosophy, and Universities
    Philosophy 30326/Theology 30802
  • 2 appropriate courses in political science
  • 1 course on a major Catholic philosopher or set of Catholic philosophers, either in the Theology Department (for philosophy majors) or in the Philosophy Department (for theology majors). 
  • Capstone seminar, Philosophy 426D/Theology 426D.  
    In semesters when there are too few students taking the Minor for a seminar to be possible, this requirement can be satisfied as a Directed Readings course that will cover the same ground as the seminar. 

A list of the courses currently approved as satisfying the requirements for the Minor can be obtained from the director.

Statement regarding Philosophy in the Catholic Tradition (PDF)

Professor John O'Callaghan 
(574) 631-5153 or 631-5825 
If necessary, leave a voicemail with your contact information so that he can set up an appointment.

Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

The minor in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics integrates political theory, political philosophy, and economic theory. 

Requirements: 15 credit hours, including:

  • The Justice Seminar 
    Crosslisted as POLS 43640, ECON 33250, and PHIL 43404
    Offered in the fall semester. 
    Applications for the Justice Seminar are taken in the middle of the preceding Spring term.
  • 3 one-credit PPE Colloquia
  • 3 approved three-credit courses from the two fields outside the student’s first major, with at least one course in both non-major fields.

PPE students are also encouraged, but not required, to write a senior thesis in their major field that reflects the interdisciplinary focus of the minor.

To learn more about the PPE minor, visit the web site at www.ppe.nd.edu.

Professor Paul Weithman
330 Malloy Hall
(574) 631-5182

 Philosophy, Science, and Mathematics

The Minor in Philosophy, Science, and Mathematics consists of 4 courses, distributed as follows:

  • The Core Seminar in Philosophy, Science, and Mathematics. This is an intensive team-taught seminar offered every fall. This course is the gateway course for the minor (and the major).
  • A survey of the history of philosophy. This may be PHIL 30301 (History of Ancient & Medieval Philosophy) or PHIL 30302 (History of Modern Philosophy).
  • Two other upper-level philosophy courses, at least one of which will be in the philosophy of science, philosophy of mathematics, or logic, and at one of which must be at the 40000-level.

 Philosophy, Religion, and Literature

PRL seeks to build bridges between disciplines and modes of  thought which have traditionally been in dialogue with one another and which have been at the heart of teaching at Notre Dame. The aim of the minor is to create a context in which philosophical, religious, and literary approaches to thought and its expression may be studied systematically and in conjunction with each other.

Requirements: 15 credit hours of approved coursework, including:

  • One 3 credit Gateway seminar
  • Three 3 credit electives
  • One 3 credit capstone project

The purpose of the Gateway seminars, whatever their specific topic may be, will be to provide a rigorous introduction to the study of Philosophy and Literature or Religion and Literature. The capstone project will typically involve a research essay of approximately 20 pages on a topic that engages philosophy and literature or religion and literature, or both.

Typically, access to the minor will be restricted to students who have, or are in the process of receiving, significant scientific or mathematical training in their other studies at Notre Dame. However, exceptions are possible, and all are invited to apply.