Philosophy and Religion

About the B.A. in Philosophy

  • Preparation for graduate school
  • Preparation for teaching
  • Preparation for careers in law, journalism, and more
  • Opportunities to study abroad at some of the top universities in the world

Philosophy—the pursuit of wisdom—traditionally has been a steppingstone to graduate school and teaching at the college level. A major in Philosophy is also an asset for graduate work in law, journalism, diplomacy, civil service and management.

Students study methods of philosophical inquiry, the nature of knowledge, theories of reality and human nature, freedom and determinism, and the status of values.

The Philosophy degree offers a balanced introduction to philosophy as both a theoretical and applied discipline. Effort is made to show the relationships of philosophical thought to art, education, history, literature, mathematics, religion, science, and current events.

Degree Requirements

(32 credits as listed below, plus Undergraduate Curriculum requirements and electives to total 128)

Eight courses in Philosophy:

  • PL 150 Introduction to Philosophy
  • PL 155 Applied Logic
    or PL 160 Symbolic Logic
  • PL 175 Ethics
  • PL 308 The Greek Mind
  • PL 310 20th Century Philosophy
  • PL 499 Senior Project
  • Two Philosophy electives


  • Professor: Dr. Finbarr O'Connor (Chair)
  • Assistant Professor: Dr. Richard Arras
  • Adjunct Faculty: Dr. John Luetzow, Ms. Karen Sawyer, Mr. Steven Tippett

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