The philosophy program has three goals. First, the philosophy program has an obligation to inform students of the fundamental problems and central individuals that have dominated the field of philosophy for the last three millennia. Second, it attempts to develop reflective and critical thinking skills that can be applied to the aforementioned problems as well as problems generated in other areas of study. Presumably, these skills are to be carried with the student long after they leave the university, to be used as valuable reasoning skills that will assist them in future endeavors. Third, the program tries to expose students to the cultures and ways of thinking found in all parts of the world. Philosophy attempts to unearth the basic presuppositions that underlie a particular culture and then contrast them with other presuppositions inherent in different cultures. It is on this fundamental level that one can truly come to understand the unique way that individuals in each culture approach life and attempt to address the perennial problems that life presents them.
The philosophy program learning objectives follow from the above stated goals. Upon completion of the program students will have demonstrated:
Required Courses(15 credit hours): PI101, 210, 301, 302 and either PI102 or PI103
Electives (21 credit hours); any philosophy course, of which 15 credits must be upper division.
Required Courses (12 credit hours): PI101, 210, 301, 302.
Electives (6 credit hours): Upper division Philosophy (PI) courses.