Philosophy (BA)


Philosophy has been central to higher education since the inception of the university in the Middle Ages and is the source of many of the other rational endeavors to know the world. It remains the cornerstone of Catholic education. Philosophy promotes clear thinking and teaches students to think analytically, to write and speak clearly and persuasively, to evaluate evidence, to construct and present sound arguments for their viewpoints and to recognize flaws in opposing arguments—skills essential to success in any profession or career.

Philosophy helps to create responsible citizens. It allows students to see through cultural and intellectual fads, protects them from the often empty posturing of politicians, defends them from the slippery claims of advertisers and salespeople, insulates them from the often unfounded assertions of media pundits and commentators, and shields them from foolish opinions and everyday nonsense. Philosophy contributes to our becoming more fully human. It broadens the range of things that students can understand and enjoy, enhances their expressive powers, contributes to their self-knowledge, foresight and sense of direction in life, nurtures individuality and self-esteem and brings them into contact with the most important and fundamental human questions about reality, knowledge, morality and all other aspects of the human experience.

The Department of Philosophy embodies the University's commitment to its students. We do this by creating an academic environment that encourages students to approach fundamental questions with an attitude of open and disciplined reflection, which evokes a love for the intellectual life and promotes a deeper appreciation of our civilization, which has been influenced by philosophy at all levels. Students who fulfill the degree requirements will earn a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Philosophy.

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    Degree Requirements

    To obtain this undergraduate degree, the student must fulfill the requirements of the University Core Curriculum, the requirements for the program major and have completed a minimum of 126 credit hours.

    Requirements for the Philosophy Major (30 credits)

    Both of the following (6 credits):

    • PHL 1000 Introduction to Philosophy (3 credits)
    • PHL 2010 Foundations of Ethics (3 credits)

    One of the following courses in logic (3 credits):

    Three of the following courses in the history of philosophy (9 credits):

    • PHL 3060 Ancient Philosophy (3 credits)
    • PHL 3070 Medieval Philosophy (3 credits)
    • PHL 3080 Early Modern Philosophy (3 credits)
    • PHL 4400 Contemporary Philosophy (3 credits)

    One of the following courses in the major areas of philosophy (3 credits):

    Plus three elective courses in philosophy:

    • PHL 9 credits

    PHL 1000 is a prerequisite for all other Philosophy courses except for the logic courses PHL 1400 , PHL 1500, and PHL 2500 which may be taken without prior coursework in Philosophy. Students planning to do graduate study in Philosophy are strongly urged to take more courses than the required 30 hours. The Philosophy faculty will work with students to select additional courses that will help prepare them for graduate work in the discipline.


    Philosophy Minor

    The 18-credit-hour minor in Philosophy is comprised of nine credit hours (three courses) that provide the necessary foundation for advanced study in philosophy and nine hours of upper division philosophy courses that allow the student to choose upper division philosophy courses in which the student has the greatest interest.

    Visit the Philosophy minor page for more information.

Department Chair: Juan Carlos Flores, Ph.D.
Briggs Building, Room 304
McNichols Campus

Telephone: 313-993-3318
Fax: 313-993-1166

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