Philosophy of Business, Innovation and Technology (Cognate)

Philosophy of Business, Innovation and Technology (Cognate)

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Our internationally renowned philosophy professors emphasize discussion, debate, and writing in our courses. Wrestling with big questions prepares our students exceptionally well for highly successful careers in business and cutting-edge technology. As a lively and nurturing faculty personally invested in the success of our high achieving students, we take pride in watching our graduates go on to excel in top law schools, elite graduate programs, and prestigious positions from Wall Street to Silicon Valley.

For students unable to major or minor in Philosophy, students may select the three course cognate in Philosophy of Business, Innovation, and Technology. This cognate provides official recognition for those who choose to emphasize the study of the relationships between markets, technology, and human well-being. Students will choose courses in the philosophy of artificial intelligence, evolution, neuroscience, biotechnology, business ethics, economic policy, environmental ethics and other high impact subjects. 

Contact the Philosophy Department with questions at (603) 862-2060 or

Philosophy Department
Hamilton Smith Hall Room 250E
95 Main Street
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH 03824

Phone (603) 862-2060
TTY Users: 7-1-1 or 800-735-2964 (Relay NH)


Curriculum & Requirements

For a cognate in Philosophy of Business, Innovation, and Technology, a student must complete three (3) philosophy courses (for a total of 12 credits) from the following list.

Select three (3) philosophy courses12
PHIL 421
Philosophy and the Arts
PHIL 424
Science, Technology, and Society
PHIL 430
Ethics and Society
PHIL 431
Business Ethics
PHIL 435
Human Nature and Evolution
PHIL 436
Social and Political Philosophy
PHIL 440
Just Business: The Ethics of Markets and Money
PHIL 444
Remaking Nature/The Ethics and Politics of Genetic Engineering
PHIL 447
Artificial Intelligence, Robots, and People
PHIL 450
Environmental Ethics
PHIL 530
PHIL 531
Topics in Professional and Business Ethics
PHIL 630
Neuroscience and Philosophy
PHIL 631
Topics in the Philosophy of Science
PHIL 660
Law, Medicine, and Ethics
an approved philosophy seminar

Students do not need to declare a cognate; however, we recommend that students meet with a faculty member from the Philosophy Department to discuss their plan. At the beginning of a student's final semester of study, the student should complete a Certification of Completion of Cognate form, obtain the necessary signatures, and submit it to their Dean's Office.

Credit toward the cognate will only be given for courses passed with C- or better, and a 2.00 grade-point average must be maintained in courses for the cognate. Courses taken on the pass/fail basis may not be used for the cognate.

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