dcsimg Philosophy

Build a more just world

Philosophy at Marian University provides students with a basic and thorough introduction to the range of issues in philosophy, including the issues typically grouped under the areas of ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, and political philosophy. These issues are pursued in a systematic fashion, but with significant emphasis on the different historical approaches to them.

Attention is also given to understanding the various approaches in relationship to the Catholic intellectual tradition. Philosophy majors often pursue philosophy because of a practical concern about social issues and a desire to contribute to the building of a more just world.

The major in philosophy is 30 semester hours, which allows philosophy majors to pursue a second major, a minor or electives in other areas such as prelaw, theology, social justice, psychology, or other areas of
interest.

 

Dr. Karen Spear directs the Center for Organizational Ethics.  Her courses include Personal and Professional Ethics and Guided Research in Ethics.

 

Professor Hohman featured with a small selection of his books.  In addition to Theology, Professor Hohman teaches the course God and Philosophy.

Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.) in Philosophy

Major: 30 credits

PHL 130 – Human Nature and Person

PHL 240 – Social and Political Philosophy

PHL 150 – Logic

PHL 330 – Philosophy of Being (Metaphysics)

PHL 215 – Personal and Professional Ethics

PHL 490 – Senior Philosophy Seminar

PHL 320 – Philosophy of Knowledge

9 credits of PHL electives

Minor: 18 credits

PHL 130 – Human Nature and Person

15 credits of PHL electives

 

Courses provide knowledge about:

 

LOGIC
Argument versus description; forms of judgment; categorical versus hypothetical argument;   validity versus truth; formal and informal fallacies

 

ETHICS

Theories of virtue and obligation; strengths and weaknesses of those theories; major contemporary ethical issues; ethical foundations of political and social ideologies

 

EPISTEMOLOGY

Ways of knowing: scientific, religious, artistic, philosophical; classical theories of knowledge; issues in contemporary philosophy of science.

 

METAPHYSICS

Major theories of Being ; metaphysics and empirical science; natural theology; metaphysics and ethics.

 

HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY

Plato & Aristotle; Augustine and Aquinas; Modern & Contemporary Philosophy;

 

 

 

Skills & Abilities

 

 

ANALYSIS OF REASONING

 

 

CRITICAL THINKING

 

 

WRITING AND SPEAKING COMPETENCE

 

 

RESEARCH SKILLS

 

 

ENHANCED SELF-KNOWLEDGE

 

 

CREATIVE THINKING & PROBLEM SOLVING

 

 

THOUGHTFUL & ENGAGED CITIZENSHIP

 

 

 

Careers:

 

 

    Lawyer

 

   Journalist

 

   Ministry

 

   Human resources

 

   Teacher

 

   Management

 

   Administration

 

   Research Assistant

 

   Public Service

 

   Foreign Service

 

   Social Work

Contact Us


For any questions concerning the curriculum, department, or areas of interest contact: 

Andy Hohman - Department Chair
Assistant Professor of Theology and Philosophy
ahohman@marian.edu

"...philosophy is nothing other than wisdom itself so far as it is accessible to human nature." - Jacques Maritain


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