Program Director: Nathan P. Carson, Ph.D.
Students may take either a major or a minor in philosophy. Both the major and the minor are understood to be essential elements of a liberal arts education through their articulation of a self-reflective and critical mode of thinking.
Many students take a major or minor in philosophy as a value-added course of study to supplement their professional, career major.
The philosophy major is intended to acquaint students with some of the classic texts of the discipline and with its different areas of inquiry.
The philosophical core requirements equip students in ethical reflection and logical argumentation, as well as in the history of philosophy. Students are also encouraged to strengthen their philosophical training through various constructive topical courses (such as philosophy of religion, epistemology, etc.), when they are offered as electives.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
- Recognize, categorize, and critically evaluate contemporary philosophers and philosophical schools of thought
- Understand significant portions of the history of philosophy, and of the way Christian intellectual traditions have both enriched and been enriched by that history.
- Engage and articulate live contemporary philosophical problems, and describe the ways philosophers have grappled with fundamental questions about reality, knowledge, ethics, aesthetics, and the human condition (among others).
- Communicate with precise philosophical argumentation, reason-informed critical reflection, and clear argumentative prose, and recognize as well as critically evaluate the validity and truth of philosophical arguments as they encounter them.
- Understand how philosophy is foundational to, relates to, or augments other fields of thoughts.
- Understand and clarify the relationship between faith and reason, including the various ways this relation can be construed.
- Perceive and articulate their analysis of philosophical arguments, thinkers and texts as central to their own (and others’) intellectual, emotional, moral and Christian spiritual formation.
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