Philosophy Department

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Our program

Full descriptions of courses and of the requirements for the Major and Minor in philosophy can be found in the College catalogue.

Philosophy course offerings are classified under several categories: Introductory, Logic, History of Philosophy, Asian Philosophies, Ethics and Social Theory, Contemporary Areas and Movements, Seminars, and Individualized Instruction. The Introductory courses provide a broad-based exposure to issues that have stimulated philosophical inquiry. Logic courses furnish the student with the reasoning skills necessary to critically analyze and logically formulate arguments. Courses in the History of Philosophy examine the ideas that have helped to shape the course of Western civilization. Asian Philosophies courses include both surveys and in-depth study of philosophical views originating in China, India, and Japan. Courses in Ethics and Social Theory include theoretical approaches and applied issues in moral, social, and political philosophy.  Contemporary Areas and Movements courses include those covering major philosophical fields and post-19th century philosophy.  Seminar courses are offered once or twice yearly; Individualized Instruction includes independent study and internship opportunities.

For those primarily interested in political philosophy, an interdisciplinary Philosophy/Political Thought major is available. This major focuses primarily on American and Western European political philosophy, although some courses in Asian and other nonwestern approaches are available.  The PPT major integrates appropriate political science and philosophy courses to permit a comprehensive examination of the state and its functions, justification, and ideological foundations. The major is recommended especially for pre-law students, students interested in graduate study in this area, and those who will pursue careers in political policy.