Philosophy

Philosophy defined is "love of wisdom." For our students and faculty, this love—this pursuit—of wisdom is a calling.

Emmanuel's Department of Philosophy strives to help students explore the "big questions" surrounding human existence: the meaning of life, the existence of God, the source and nature of values, and the relationship between individuals and society. Successful students analyze ideas carefully, reason accurately, think in an interdisciplinary fashion and develop other critical-thinking skills that are in great demand in today's professions.

Major Requirements

View the 2018-2019 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Requirements for the Philosophy Major

  • PHIL1101 Introduction to Philosophy (M) OR
  • PHIL2101 Problems in Philosophy (M)
  • PHIL1115 Recent Moral Issues (M)
  • PHIL2108 Critical Thinking (M) OR
  • PHIL2119 Symbolic Logic (QA)
  • PHIL2201 Existentialism and the Meaning of Life (M)
  • PHIL3109 Philosophy of Mind
  • PHIL3115 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
  • PHIL3215 Modern Philosophy
  • PHIL4999 Senior Seminar in Philosophy
  • Three additional philosophy courses, to be selected from department electives.

Students may also minor in philosophy to complement their studies in the liberal arts and sciences.

Minor Requirements

View the 2018-2019 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Requirements for Minor in Philosophy

  • PHIL1101 Introduction to Philosophy (M) OR
  • PHIL2101 Problems in Philosophy (M)
  • PHIL2108 Critical Thinking (M) OR
  • PHIL2119 Symbolic Logic (QA)
  • Three additional philosophy courses, one of which must be a 3000-level course

Learning Goals & Outcomes

In addition to acquiring knowledge of philosophical concepts, problems and systems, successful philosophy majors will learn

  • How to solve problems, think critically, communicate their ideas effectively in written and oral form.
  • Analyze their own fundamental beliefs and world view, be comfortable with ambiguity and complexity, and gain intellectual independence.

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