Philosophy attempts to bring clarity and unity to our beliefs. It does not tell us what to believe, but it does help us to clarify our beliefs and organize them into a coherent view of the world so that we may act in an intelligent manner.
A student who graduates from Thiel College with a major in philosophy will:
- understand the major events in the history of Western philosophy.
- understand the major traditions of Western ethical reasoning.
- understand the major metaphysical and epistemological theories affecting Western philosophy.
- be able to use symbolic logic and natural language logic.
- understand and be able to use the tools of formal logic.
- understand and be able to use the tools of contemporary linguistic analysis.
- develop and be able to use the techniques of philosophical argumentation to arrive at a coherent world view.
In order to major in philosophy, a student must complete at least 30 credit hours in philosophy, including the following:
- PHIL 127 Introduction to Philosophy
- PHIL 137 Critical Thinking
- PHIL 147 Introduction to the History of Philosophy: Socrates to Aquinas
- PHIL 157 Introduction to the History of Philosophy: Descartes to Sartre
- PHIL 267 Ethics
- PHIL 477 Research in Philosophy
In addition, the student shall indicate satisfactory performance on the department’s comprehensive graduation requirement, which includes a thesis and an oral examination on the thesis. A final grade of C minus or better is required in all courses for the major and/or minor.