Program Advisors: Dr. Chitha R. Unni, Dr. Lilia Castle, and Dr. Peter Steiger
Mission: The minor in Philosophy engages students in the arts of thinking and writing clearly, applying critical thought to contemporary issues, and developing an understanding of the traditional philosophical themes in light of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.
The minor in Philosophy introduces the student to a variety of philosophical traditions and the art of thinking and writing clearly about complex ideas. Although there is an emphasis on the traditions of wester philosophy, eastern thought is also introduced. Every effort is made to relate philosophy to other academic disciplines as well as to the practical questions of contemporary life. Specifically, courses in philosophy are designed to help students evaluate arguments, deliberate moral choices, make value judgements, and to adopt rigorous methods to investigate physical and social realities. The program encourage students to form serious religious, metaphysical and political orientations within which to make important decisions in their lives.
Students may use the Philosophy minor as their area of concentration within Humanities major. See the structure of that program under “Humanities”.