Emmanuel Adds Philosophy Major for Fall 2011
November 09, 2010
Emmanuel College is pleased to announce the reintroduction of a major in philosophy beginning in the fall 2011.
This central academic discipline, which existed as a major at the College decades ago, has garnered mounting interest from current and prospective students in recent years. According to Chair of the Philosophy Department, Dr. Thomas Wall, the philosophy major will further strengthen Emmanuel's position as a Catholic, liberal arts and sciences college, enriching the lives and careers of Emmanuel students.
"The study of philosophy is central to producing well-educated young men and women, especially those we want to be critical thinkers and ethical decision-makers," he said. "In addition to its inherent value, it also has practical value that counts heavily toward career preparation. Because of the thinking skills they develop, successful philosophy majors are extremely well prepared for many of today's most interesting careers."
The major consists of 11 courses that provide a thorough background in the history, central problems and methods of philosophy, as well as electives that suit a student's individual goals and interests. Students culminate the degree requirements with a Senior Seminar, a new course that will be offered for the first time in the spring 2012.
"Philosophy has come to be acknowledged by many as one of the best ways to prepare for the rapidly changing world that awaits today's college graduates," said Wall. "[It] has always been associated with preparation for life. Not only does its study lead to personal growth, but it also prepares people to participate fully in free and open societies, where different ideas and policies compete for attention."
Read Dr. Wall's article, "The Value of Philosophy," which appeared in the fall 2009 issue of Emmanuel's Values-Based Education Newsletter.
Requirements for Departmental Major:
PHIL 1115 Recent Moral Issues
PHIL 2108 Critical Thinking or PHIL 2119 Symbolic Logic
PHIL 2101 Problems in Philosophy
PHIL 2201 Existentialism and the Meaning of Life
PHIL 3109 Philosophy of Mind
PHIL 3115 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
PHIL 3215 Modern Philosophy
PHIL Senior Seminar
And three of the following courses:
PHIL1103 Philosophy of Religion (R)
PHIL1111 Literature and Philosophy (A)
PHIL1112 Aesthetics (A)
PHIL1207 Ethics at Work (M)
PHIL2104 Theories of Human Nature (M)
PHIL1205 Health Care Ethics (M)
PHIL2106 Ethical Theory (M)
PHIL1201 Global Ethics (M)
PHIL2115 History and Philosophy of Science (M)
PHIL2203 Philosophy of Law (M)
PHIL3107 Women in Philosophy
PHIL3201 Race, Ethnicity and Ethics