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Philosophy explores the most fundamental questions about human life, including the nature and meaning of the basic elements of human experience and the limits of knowledge. The course of study introduces students to the great thinkers and ideas that have shaped our past and present culture. Students develop a variety of important intellectual skills, including critical thinking and evaluation, the ability to see implications and alternatives, to read and write with insight and logical precision, and to undertake graduate and professional studies.

Students of Philosophy will explore the moral and political philosophy, philosophy of logic, philosophy of language, the history of analytic philosophy, ancient philosophy, Kant and Wittgenstein to name a few. Faculty will help students articulate in speaking and writing clearly, in thinking and reasoning clearly and draw connections among the many ideas that abound.

Program Objectives

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  1. Students will develop an understanding of how great thinkers and ideas in philosophy and religion, with an emphasis on philosophical traditions, have shaped our culture.
  2. Students will develop analytic and interpretive reading skills by reading texts in philosophy and religion, with an emphasis on philosophical traditions. As a result, students will develop a variety of important intellectual skills, including critical thinking and evaluation, the ability to see implications and alternatives, and to read and write with insight and persuasive power.

PHILOSOPHY

Outcomes for Learning Objective 1

  • Students on track to complete the undergraduate program in Philosophy will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the philosophical tensions in the Western tradition.
  • Students on track to complete the undergraduate program in Philosophy will be able to interpret and evaluate masterpieces of the Western intellectual tradition.
  • Students on track to complete the undergraduate program in Philosophy will be able to demonstrate knowledge of central issues, movements, arguments, and approaches of the philosophical tradition.

Outcomes for Learning Objective 2

  • Students on track to complete the undergraduate program in Philosophy will be able to demonstrate reading comprehension of conceptually dense, logically complex philosophical texts with sensitivity to their context.
  • Students on track to complete the undergraduate program in Philosophy will be able to demonstrate a grasp of the arguments advanced in lectures, discussions and assigned readings.
  • Students on track to complete the undergraduate program in Philosophy will be able to produce critical analyses and evaluations of philosophical texts, demonstrating sensitivity to the conceptual nuances and counter-arguments introduced in readings and discussions.
Degree Options

Philosophy, B.A.

Develop a variety of important intellectual skills, including critical thinking and evaluation, the ability to see implications and alternatives

Philosophy Minor

Non-majors interested in learning more about philosophy are encouraged to add it to their degree program as a minor.

Typical Four Year Schedule
FRESHMAN – FALL SEMESTERFRESHMAN – SPRING SEMESTER
First Year College ExperienceFirst Seminar
Exposition and ArgumentationContemporary Mathematics
The Great Conversation I: Ancient and MedievalBlock II - Historical and Social Interpretation
Block I Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative ExperienceBlock II - Historical and Social Interpretation
Beginning Language IBeginning Language II
SOPHOMORE – FALL SEMESTERSOPHOMORE – SPRING SEMESTER
The Great Conversation II: Modern and ContemporaryLiberal Arts and Preparation for Life after Graduation
Block I Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative ExperienceLogic or Reasoning course
Block II - Historical and Social InterpretationBlock II - Historical and Social Interpretation
Block III - Scientific InvestigationBlock III - Scientific Investigation with lab
Intermediate Language IIntermediate Language II
JUNIOR – FALL SEMESTERJUNIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
Seminar on Religion and PhilosophyReligion Elective (3000 or 4000 level)
Religion Elective (3000 or 4000 level)Religion Elective (3000 or 4000 level)
Religion Elective (3000 or 4000 level)Minor
MinorGeneral Elective
General ElectiveGeneral Elective
SENIOR – FALL SEMESTERSENIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
Religion Elective (3000 or 4000 level)Senior Project
Religion Elective (3000 or 4000 level)Minor
MinorGeneral Elective
General ElectiveGeneral Elective
General ElectiveGeneral Elective