All undergraduates at the University of Miami must complete three "Cognates" in order to graduate.  Philosophy courses count towards the completion of many Cognates in all Areas of Knowledge: "People & Society," "Arts & Humanities," and “STEM Science, Tech, Engg, Math.”


Ethics in Society: A New Look at Ethical Problems in Today's Society (People & Society)  

As the climate changes and we witness rapid progress in science and technology, new ethical issues arise. What sort of responsibility do we have for minimizing the detrimental effects of climate change? What sorts of genetic engineering should we allow? Which human abnormalities and diseases should we aim at correcting or curing? How do we respect people's rights to have an atypical sexual identity? These and many other moral questions arise as a result of new developments in how we think and what we do, and the answers to them will shape the world for generations to come.

Recommended for: All students.

Students must complete at least 3 courses for at least 9 credits.

Students must complete 2 of the following option groups:

Introduction: Complete at least 1 course from the following

  Course Typically Offered
PHI 130 Contemporary Moral Issues Fall, Spring, & Summer
PHI 108 Sexual Ethics Offered By Announcment Only
PHI 115 Social and Ethical Issues in Computing Spring
PHI 110 Critical Thinking Fall, Spring
PHI 100 John Rawls Political Philosophy Fall

 Breadth and Depth: Complete at least 2 courses from the following

  Course Typically Offered
PHI 200 Environmental Ethics Fall
PHI 295 Special Topics  
PHI 334 Biomedical Ethics Offered By Announcment
PHI 336 Human Rights Offered By Announcement

History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine (People & Society)

The historical and philosophical dimensions of science and medicine, including the development and distinctive features of the scientific method, the nature and purpose of scientific theories, and the role of science and medicine in the broader cultural context.

Recommend for: All students.

Students must complete at least 3 courses for at least 9 credits.

Complete 3 of the following option groups:

 Tools of Research: Complete exactly 1 course from the following

  Course Typically Offered
PHI 110 Critical Thinking Fall, Spring
PHI 210 Symbolic Logic Fall, Spring

Philosophy of Science: Complete exactly 1 course from the following

  Course Typically Offered
PHI 343 Philosophy of Science Offered by Announcement Only
PHI 349 Philosophy of Space and Time Fall, Spring

History of Science: Complete exactly 1 course from the following

  Course Typically Offered
PHI 223 Medicine and Society: From the Ancient World to the 21st Century Offered by Announcement Only
HIS 330 The Scientific Revolution Offered by Announcement Only
CLA 233 Ancient Medicine Fall, Spring

Introduction to Philosophy (Arts & Humanities)

This cognate would nearly satisfy the requirements for a philosophy minor (two further three-unit courses would be required), with an emphasis on classes pertaining to the Arts and Humanities area of knowledge.

Recommend for: All students.

Students must complete at least 3 courses for at least 9 credits.

Complete 2 of the following option groups:

Introductory Courses: Complete exactly 1 course from the following

  Course Typically Offered
PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy Fall, Spring, & Summer
PHI 130 Contemporary Moral Issues Fall, Spring, & Summer

Higher Level Courses: Complete exactly 2 courses from the following

  Course Typically Offered
PHI 271 Ancient Philosophy Fall
PHI 272 Modern Philosophy Spring
PHI 330 Ethics Fall, Spring
PHI 340 Theory of Knowledge Offered by Announcement Only
PHI 341 Philosophy of Language Offered by Announcement Only
PHI 344 Philosophy of Mind Offered by Announcement Only
PHI 345 Metaphysics Offered by Announcement Only
PHI 351 Philosophy of Religion Offered by Announcement Only
PHI 352 Aethetics Offered by Announcement Only
PHI 353 Philosophy of Film Fall, Spring
PHI 354 Philosophy of Literature Offered by Announcement Only
PHI 373 Nineteenth Century Philosophy Offered by Announcement Only
PHI 374 Twentieth Century Philosophy Offered by Announcement Only

Logic and Reasoning (STEM Science, Tech, Engg, Math)

The philosophy, principles, and practice of the use of logic for formal reasoning, with applications.

Recommended for: all students

Students must complete at least 3 courses for at least 9 credits.

Complete 2 of the following option groups:

Logic: Complete at least 2 courses from the following

  Course Typically Offered
PHI  210 Symbolic Logic Fall, Spring
PHI 230 Introduction to Abstract Mathematics Fall, Spring

Reasoning: Complete at least 1 course from the following

  Course Typically Offered
PHI 110 Critical Thinking Fall, Spring
PHI 215 Logic and Law Spring
PHI 340 Theory of Knowledge Offered by Announcement Only
PHI 343 Philosophy of Science Offered by Announcement Only
PHI 346 Philosophy of Mathematics Offered by Announcement Only

Philosophy of Art, Film and Literature (Arts & Humanities)

The Philosophy of Art, Film and Literature analyzes central components of the understanding of art, film and literature and how to evaluate them aesthetically and in terms of their impact on people and society.

Recommended for: All students.

Students must complete at least 3 courses for at least 9 credits.

Students must complete exactly 2 of the following option groups:

Introduction: Complete exactly 1 course from the following

  Course Typically Offered
PHI 109 The Superhuman Mind: An Introduction to Philosophy of Mind Offered by Announcement Only
PHI 110 Critical Thinking Fall, Spring

Breadth and Depth: Complete exactly 2 courses from the following

  Course Typically Offered
PHI 352 Aesthetics Offered by Announcement Only
PHI 353 Philosophy of Film Fall, Spring
PHI 354 Philosophy of Literature Offered by Announcement Only
PHI 381 Existentialism Offered by Announcement Only

Ethics in the Humanities: Religion, Philosophy, Politics (Arts & Humanities)

This cognate examines important themes and major figures in religious, philosophical, and political ethics.

Recommend for: All students.

Students must complete at least 3 courses for at least 9 credits.

Complete 2 of the following option groups:

Religious Studies: Complete exactly 2 courses from the following

  Course Typically Offered
REL 102 Problem of God Fall
REL 151 Religion and Moral Choices Fall, Spring
REL 252 Religion and Human Sexuality Fall
REL 300 Dance & Embodied Knowledge in India Spring
REL 350 Current Issues in Religion Fall, Spring
REL 351 Religious Issues in Death and Dying Fall
REL 353 Religion and American Politics Fall, Spring
REL 354 Religion and the Problem of Evil Offered By Announcement Only
REL 360 Religion and Bioethics Fall, Spring
REL 375 Democracy and Religion in Israel and Palestine Fall, Spring
REL 451 Ethics and Genetics Offered By Announcement Only

Philosophy & Political Science: Complete exactly 1 course from the following

  Course Typically Offered
PHI 130 Contemporary Moral Issues Fall, Spring, & Summer
PHI 330 Ethics Fall, Spring
PHI 351 Philosophy of Religion Offered By Announcement Only

God and Science (Arts & Humanities)

This cognate explores the intersection of religion, philosophy, politics, and science, with special attention to the relationship between religious beliefs and scientific theories.

Recommended for: All students.

Students must complete at least 3 courses for at least 9 credits.

God and Science: Complete exactly 3 courses from the following

  Course Typically Offered
REL 151 Religion and Moral Choices Fall, Spring
REL 351 Religious Issues in Death and Dying Fall
REL 352 Religion and Science Offered by Announcement Only
REL 360 Religion and Bioethics Fall, Spring
REL 451 Ethics and Genetics Offered by Announcement Only
PHI 343 Philosophy of Science Offered by Announcement Only
PHI 351 Philosophy of Religion Offered by Announcement Only
POL 310 God, Science, and Politics Fall
REL 161 Religion and Medicine: Health Care as Spiritual Practice Offered by Announcement Only

Philosophy of Religion in Ancient Culture and Society (People & Society)

The ancient Greco-Roman philosophical tradition in the original languages and/or in English translation.

Recommended for: All students

Students must complete at least 3 courses for at least 9 credits.

Complete 2 of the following option groups:

Ancient Philosophical Literature: Complete at most 2 courses from the following

  Course Typically Offered
GRE 311 Plato Fall, Spring
LAT 323 Seneca Fall, Spring
LAT 422 Lucretius Fall, Spring
PHI 271 Ancient Philosophy Fall

Ancient Philosophy and Religion: Complete at most 2 courses from the following

  Course Typically Offered
CLA Ancient Medicine Fall, Spring
CLA Greek Civilization Fall, Spring
CLA Roman Civilization Fall, Spring
CLA Magic and the Occult in Antiquity Fall, Spring
CLA Religions of Rome Fall, Spring

Politics and Religion (People & Society)

Examines the relationship between religion and politics from a number of different disciplinary perspectives.

Recommended for: All students.

Students must complete at least 3 courses for at least 9 credits.

Complete 1 of the following option groups:

Politics and Religion: Complete exactly 3 courses from the following

  Course Typically Offered
CLA 373 Religions of Europe Fall, Spring
HIS 328 Reformation Europe Offered by Announcement Only
JUS 375 Religion and Democracy in Israel Offered by Announcement Only
LAS 330 Special Topics in Latin American and Caribbean Religions Offered by Announcement Only
PHI 130 Contemporary Moral Issues Fall, Spring & Summer
PHI 331 Social and Political Philosophy Offered by Announcement Only
PHI 351 Philosophy of Religion Offered by Announcement Only
POL 309 American Political Thought Offered by Announcement Only
POL 374 Constitutional Law  
POL 388 Politics of Israel Fall
REL 151 Religion and Moral Choices Fall, Spring
REL 353 Religion and American Politics Fall, Spring
REL 375 Democracy and Reigion in Israel and Palestine Fall, Spring

Religion in the Ancient World (Arts & Humanities)

A survey and cross-section of various religious cults and phenomenon across the Mediterranean world with emphasis on the ancient Near East and Classical worlds.

Recommended for: All students.

Students must complete at least 3 courses for at least 9 credits.

Complete 1 of the following option groups:

Ancient World: Complete exactly 3 courses from the following

  Course Typically Offered
REL 301 Ancient Greece Fall
REL 302 The Hellenistic Age Spring
REL 303 The Roman Republic Fall
REL 304 The Roman Empire Spring
REL 305 The Ancient Near East: Religion and Culture Spring
REL 307 Religion and Culture in Pre-Islamic Arabia Fall, Spring & Summer
REL 308 Where Does Christianity Come From? The Greco-Roman Context of Early Christianity Fall
REL 380 Archaeology of Palestine from Prehistory to Islam Offered by Announcement Only
CLA 225 Magic and the Occult in Antiquity Fall, Spring
CLA 373 Religions of Rome Fall, Spring
CLA 372 Greek Religion Fall, Spring
PHI 271 Ancient Philosophy Fall

Studies in the History of Film, Photagraphy, and Art (Arts & Humanities)

Film and lens based practices in art and media with the intention of studying shared historical and aesthetic issues.

Recommend for: This cognate is particularly suited for students interested in aesthetics, cinema, photography, and critical theory.

Students must complete at least 3 courses for at least 9 credits.

Complete 1 of the following option groups:

Art and the History of Film: Complete exactly 3 courses from the following

  Course Typically Offered
ARH 107 History of Photography Spring
ARH 357 Critical Issues in the History of Photography Offered by Announcement Only
ARH 360 Art and Cinema Offered by Announcement Only
WGS 320 Comparative Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality Fall, Spring
PHI 353 Philosophy of Film Fall, Spring
CIM 205 History of International Cinema II Spring & Summer
CIM 403 Film Directors Offered by Announcement Only
CIM 404 Aspects of Contemporary Cinema Offered by Announcement Only
CIM 407 National Cinemas Offered by Announcement Only

The Philosophy of Religion (Arts & Humanities)

Philosophical questions on the nature of religion.

Recommend for: All students.

Students must complete at least 3 courses for at least 9 credits.

Complete 1 of the following option groups:

Philosophy of Religion: Complete exactly 3 courses from the following

  Course Typically Offered
REL 102 Problem of God Fall
REL 103 One God: Judaism, Christianity, Islam Offered by Announcement Only
REL 151 Religion and Moral Choices Fall, Spring
REL 238 Holy War and Toleration in Western Religious Traditions Spring
REL 350 Current Issues in Religion Fall, Spring
REL 354 Religion and the Problem of Evil Offered by Announcement Only
REL 356 Myth and Religion Spring
REL 351 Religious Issues in Death and Dying Fall
REL 451 Ethics and Genetics Offered by Announcement Only
PHI 351 Philosophy of Religion Offered by Announcement Only