Department Chair: Lois M. Eveleth, Ph.D.
Philosophy, or the love of wisdom, embraces a number of diverse traditions from the West and the East. The Department of Philosophy draws on this enriching diversity while being sensitive to and supportive of the Roman Catholic heritage of the University’s tradition. Philosophy introduces students to representative philosophical issues in human life, and cultivates in them a capacity to apply philosophical methods to intellectual, moral, and social problems. Such issues are complex and controversial, and, while there are no easy answers, it matters greatly which answers are accepted or decided on. Engaging in philosophy develops a critical mind, a balance of analytic and interpretive abilities, a capacity for the imaginative development of abstract formulations and their concrete application in human society.
Students hoping to major or minor in Philosophy must have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 2.7 at the time of application to the department. Majors and minors are required to maintain a grade point average of 3.0 in Philosophy courses and a cumulative grade point average of 2.7 overall.
Program and Course Listings
The University confers undergraduate degrees in the following disciplines:Minor
The University offers a number of single discipline and interdisciplinary minors which students may complete to enhance their education.