PHILOSOPHY FACULTY Associate Professor Kelley (chair), Niculescu; Assistant Professors Greene.
The philosophy program offers courses designed to serve a variety of academic needs by providing a confrontation with the principal thinkers and the fundamental issues that have shaped humankind’s intellectual heritage, by providing a philosophical perspective of several other fields, and by providing – as preparation for graduate study – a solid grounding in the chief figures, methods, division, and problems of philosophy. Regardless of the students’ vocational interests, academic major program, or plans for graduate work, the program seeks to stimulate their intellectual involvement in the continuing re-exploration of basic and meaningful questions. The program emphasizes that the student demonstrate, in philosophy courses, the ability to communicate effectively and acceptably in both written and oral English.
To major in philosophy a student must:
- complete not less than 24 semester hours in philosophy, including not less than 20 hours in courses numbered 200 or above;
- have a grade point average exceeding 2.0 in all philosophy courses numbered 200 or above; and
- select a member of the philosophy faculty as an academic advisor in order to plan the choice and sequence of philosophy courses, and obtain approval of this plan by the philosophy faculty; and
- complete the all-University course requirements and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences course requirements.
Philosophy majors may earn either a B.S. or B.A. degree. Philosophy majors intending to pursue a graduate degree in philosophy, however, are urged to fulfill the B.A. requirements.
The philosophy program provides individualized curricula for students majoring in philosophy. Besides preparation for teaching on the college level, a major in philosophy serves as an excellent pre-law curriculum. In addition, students majoring in economics, the political and social sciences, arts and humanities, history, communications, psychology, and business will find a second major in philosophy eminently beneficial in their own fields of academic emphasis.
To minor in philosophy a student must:
- complete not less than 15 semester hours in philosophy;
- have a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in all philosophy courses;
- select a member of the philosophy faculty as an academic advisor in order to plan a coherent structured course of study developed according to the needs and interests of the student.
The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies also offers a minor in ethics. For more information, see Ethics Minor.