Philosophy

OVERVIEW

From Aristotle to Descartes to Nietzsche, the great philosophers have contributed to the way we think, believe and view the world.

When you study philosophy, you build knowledge and skills that can be applied in nearly every endeavor. You will become adept at problem solving, and acquire the ability to express your thoughts and communicate effectively. You will learn the art of effective argumentation and improve your research and writing skills. In short, you’ll acquire abilities that will serve you well your entire life.

Philosophy majors find careers in law, the arts, management, marketing, teaching, government services, health professions, business and journalism. The abilities you’ll develop as you study in this major set you apart and make you valuable to employers. In addition, you’ll discover that exploring and wrestling with questions that have occupied mankind since its beginning are some of the most rewarding endeavors you will ever encounter.

YOUR CAREER

Philosophy is a versatile major that can prepare you for a variety of exciting careers. You might be interested in writing, law, consulting or counseling. Perhaps you’re thinking about a career in public service, or would like to direct communication for business and political leaders. Graduates have gone on to serve as diplomats, authors, professors, lobbyists, researchers and journalists.

Philosophy majors may work for religious institutions, in business and industry, for non-profit organizations and as entrepreneurs. The skills and qualities you develop as a philosophy major can qualify you for a number of positions, as employers value strong critical thinking skills and the ability to communicate effectively.

Earning a philosophy degree at Alvernia can also prepare you for graduate school, including law school. Graduates have pursued advanced degrees at institutions such as Villanova University and Temple University.

For more information about Alvernia’s philosophy program contact the Admissions Office at 1-888-ALVERNIA or 610-796-8269 or admissions@alvernia.edu. For more information about the study of philosophy in general, including what types of jobs are available for graduates, go to the American Philosophical Association website at www.apaonline.org.

YOUR CURRICULUM

At Alvernia, you can study philosophy as a major or a minor. The focus of the philosophy program is to engage you in questioning all areas of existence, and preparing you to lead an examined life.

All Alvernia students must successfully complete a minimum of 123 semester credits to receive a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree, and philosophy majors must complete 30 credits in the major.

Required courses for philosophy majors are:

PHI 105 Introduction to Philosophy
PHI 230 Introduction to Logic
PHI 351 Ancient Philosophy
PHI 353 Modern Philosophy

Choose one of the following:
PHI 200 Introduction to Ethics
PHI 210 Professional Ethics
PHI 420 Social and Political Philosophy

You also must take an additional 15 elective credits in philosophy, of which at least three are 400 level credits. Electives include:

PHI 205 Topics in Ethics
PHI 206 Biomedical Ethics
PHI 215 Environmental Philosophy
PHI 220 Ethics and Law
PHI 235 Existentialism
PHI 240 Philosophy of Art and Beauty
PHI 245 Introduction to Eastern Philosophy and Religion
PHI 250 Feminist and Gender Theory
PHI 310 Metaphysics
PHI 332 Minds, Brains and Computers
PHI 335 Philosophy of Love and Friendship
PHI 352 Medieval Philosophy
PHI 354 Topics in Contemporary Philosophy
PHI 440 Great Thinkers

Students who minor in philosophy are required to complete any 18 credits in philosophy.

You can learn more about all courses offered by Alvernia University by viewing the 2015-2016 Academic Course Catalogue at http://www.alvernia.edu/academics/catalogs/Catalog_2015-16/index.html.



Contact Information

Kevin Godfrey, Ph.D.
Chair of Humanities
Francis Hall, 216
610.796.8233
kevin.godfrey@alvernia.edu




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