A degree in philosophy prepares you to compete in a changing marketplace by developing your problem-solving skills as well as a facility for critical thinking and writing.

To achieve these ends, your professors maintain high standards of excellence as they immerse you in the philosophical tradition and challenge you to think critically.

Top Reasons to Choose FSC for Philosophy

  • We have 100% placement in outstanding graduate programs.
  • Departmental academic and need-based scholarships are available for our majors.
  • You’ll hear guest lectures by the world’s leading theologians and philosophers.

Engaged Learning in the Classroom

Studying philosophy at FSC means engaging in a student-directed research and in-class panel discussions and forums. Our Aesthetics classes include creative projects and our ethics courses have service-learning components. There is also a host of student multimedia projects and presentations as well as site visits to non-profit organizations

We help you become an independent, critical thinker, prepared with the skills you need for graduate study.

Course Information

The curriculum includes foundational courses in ethics, logic, the history of philosophy as well as upper-level courses in epistemology, political philosophy and selected special topics. You’ll also take a course in world religions and a senior capstone seminar experience. You may also select electives from a variety of courses including business ethics, aesthetics, theological and philosophical themes in contemporary literature, and Fundamental Questions in Theology and Philosophy.

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Clubs & Organizations

On campus, you can belong to the Philosophy Club and eligible students may be inducted into Phi Sigma Tau, the national honor society in philosophy.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Need-based scholarships for philosophy majors are available through FSC’s Humanities Division.

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Internship Opportunities

Internships are available for majors looking for opportunities for a supervised, semester-long application of philosophical reflection, research, critical thinking and writing in an approved setting.

Special Features

Our annual Guest Philosophy Lecture brings leading thinkers to campus.

We offer an Honors in Philosophy, which gives exceptional students an opportunity to complete a thesis project under the direction of a faculty member.

Take advantage of study-abroad trips to places like Turkey, Greece, and Italy.

FSC’s philosophy faculty are award-winning teachers as well as active authors who regularly publish and present their work at national and international conferences.

Graduate & Professional Opportunities

A philosophy degree prepares you for any number of opportunities for graduate work, whether you’re considering law school, divinity school or other programs. Philosophy majors earn higher LSAT scores than students in all other majors except mathematics and economics. They do equally well on the GRE test, outscoring all other majors on the verbal portion of the test.

Employers in the global marketplace prize creative thinking, intellectual adaptability, critical reasoning, and mental flexibility. Philosophy hones these skills—as a result, philosophy students have gone on to be influential and successful in a variety of professions.

 

Degree Requirements

Philosophy Major Requirements

A. General Education Requirements 40 hours
B. Major Requirements 42 hours
PHI 2204 Ethics
PHI 2208 Logic
PHI/REL 2219 World Religions and Philosophies
PHI 3109 Great Philosophers I
PHI 3309 Great Philosophers II
PHI 4999 Philosophy Capstone Seminar

Eight hours selected from the following:

PHI 4459 Knowledge, Truth, and Reality
PHI 4479 Special Topics in Philosophy (may be taken more than once with different topics)

Twelve additional hours selected from the following if not selected above:

PHI 1109 What Is Philosophy?
PHI 2224 Business Ethics
PHI 3359 Aesthetics
PHI/REL 3365 Theological and Philosophical Themes in Contemporary Literature
PHI/REL 3388 Fundamental Questions in Theology and Philosophy
PHI/POS 4459 Knowledge, Truth, and Reality
PHI 4479 Special Topics in Philosophy
PHI 4953/54 Honors in Philosophy
PHI 4960 Internship in Philosophy
C. Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements 20 hours
E. Electives 22 hours
E. Total 124 hours

Minor in Philosophy

To earn a minor in philosophy you will need to complete twenty hours selected from PHI courses applicable to the major.


 

Course Descriptions

PHI 1109 WHAT IS PHILOSOPHY?
Four hours. Before we can approach the task of thinking philosophically, whether about the ethics, religion, politics, art, knowledge, truth, or reality, we must first endeavor to understand how it is that one thinks philosophically. It is the aim of this course to answer this question by introducing the student to the basic divisions within philosophy in order to equip them with the skills necessary for further study. More generally, it is the goal of this course to invite the student into the practice of philosophical and critical thinking which could be applied to whatever course of study the student pursues. Gen Ed: MV, Ql

PHI 2204 ETHICS
Four hours. Ethics involves the exploration of fundamental questions of meaning and value: What is the nature of the good life? How ought we to treat one another? Are there basic rights all people enjoy, and, if so, what are they? Are there universal standards of morality, or are right and wrong relative to culture, historical period, or individual opinion? The course explores these questions through various philosophical theories and their practical applications. Gen Ed: MV, Ql

PHI 2208 LOGIC
Four hours. Logic is the study of methods of correct reasoning. As such it can be approached both from “formal” and “informal” perspectives, both of which feature in the course. Informal logic involves critical thinking techniques that are practically useful in everyday argument and debate. Formal logic, also known as symbolic logic, involves mathematical models that reveal the underlying structure of reasoning and are applicable for various purposes, including most notably computer programming. The course emphasizes how both approaches are useful for solving real-world problems from various fields. Gen Ed: Qn

PHI 2219 WORLD RELIGIONS AND PHILOSOPHIES
Four hours. Same as REL 2219. Introduces students to the origins; founders; historical development; scriptures; fundamental concepts, such as views of ultimate reality, the meaning of life, and human hope; religious practices; personal and social ethics; culture context and impact; and contemporary relevance of the world’s living religions and their associated philosophies. Gen Ed: MV, SW (Glb, Aw), Ql

PHI 2224 BUSINESS ETHICS
Four hours. The application of ethical standards to business decisions. After an initial survey of ethical theories and models for decision-making, students will engage actual business dilemmas in which they will be required to make and justify decisions. Gen Ed: MV, Ql

PHI 3109 GREAT PHILOSOPHERS I
Four hours. This course explores the thought of key figures in the development of Western thought from the dawn of philosophy in the 6th century B.C.E. to the rise of modernity. The emphasis of the course is on understanding the relevance of the philosophical thought of the past to the challenges of the contemporary world. The course includes but is not necessarily limited to the following thinkers, traditions, and schools of thought: Pre-Socratics, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Hellenistic philosophers, medieval philosophy (especially Augustine and Aquinas), and Renaissance humanism. Gen Ed: MV, Ql

PHI 3309 GREAT PHILOSOPHERS II
Four hours. Prerequisite: One other course in philosophy or permission of the instructor. This course explores the thought of key figures in the development of Western thought from the beginning of the modern period to the present. The emphasis of the course is on understanding the relevance of early modern and contemporary philosophical thought to enduring questions about the human condition. Students in the course develop a creative project applying one or more philosophers’ ideas to a contemporary problem. The course includes but is not necessarily limited to the following thinkers, traditions, and schools of thought: Descartes, Continental rationalism, British empiricism, Kant, idealism, existentialism, and analytic philosophy. Gen Ed: MV, Ql

PHI 3359 AESTHETICS
Four hours. Prerequisite: One other course in philosophy or permission of the instructor. A survey of the major theories in aesthetics from the history of philosophy as well as contemporary issues in the field. This course also relates aesthetic theory to specific art forms (e.g., painting, literature, theatre, music, film.) Among the topics addressed are the relationships among art, beauty, and reality, the roles of feeling, emotion, and cognition in artistic experience and creation, the connections between art and interpretation, and the mutual relevance of art and philosophy. Gen Ed: MV, SW (Aw), FA (In), Ql

PHI 3365 THEOLOGICAL & PHILOSOPHICAL THEMES IN CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE
Four hours. Same as REL 3365. Prerequisite: Successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. This course is an examination of the religious and philosophical themes in major literary works of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Gen Ed: MV, EC-C

PHI 3388 FUNDAMENTAL QUESTIONS IN THEOLOGY & PHILOSOPHY
Four hours. Same as REL 3388. Prerequisite: Successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOs A and B. This team-taught course examines philosophical and theological perspectives on such matters as classical arguments for God’s existence, atheistic critiques, the relationship between reason and revelation, life after death, the ground of morality, the problem of evil, religious experience, and religious language. Gen Ed: MV, Ql, EC-C

PHI 4459 KNOWLEDGE, TRUTH AND REALITY
Four hours. Prerequisite: One other course in philosophy or permission of the instructor. This course explores fundamental philosophical questions about knowledge, reality, and their relationship at an advanced theoretical level. Examples of questions addressed include: What is the nature and structure of reality? What are the nature, ground, and limits of human knowledge? Are reality and our knowledge of it fully objective or do they involve relativistic and/or subjective elements? What is the relationship between our linguistic descriptions of reality and reality itself? What are the relationships among the natural/social sciences, philosophical theory, cultural constructions, and subjective experience? Gen Ed: MV, Ql, EC-C

PHI 4479 SPECIAL TOPICS IN PHILOSOPHY
Four hours. Prerequisites: One other course in philosophy or permission of the instructor, and successful completion of coursework that satisfies Effective Communication SLOS A and B. Philosophy has a rich and diverse history dating back to the beginning of recorded time, manifest in nearly every culture worldwide. With such a broad tradition to draw from, it is the aim of this special topics course to offer students an opportunity to explore subjects in more depth or engage broader, emerging topics within philosophy. Gen Ed: MV, Ql, EC-C

PHI 4953-4954 HONORS IN PHILOSOPHY
Six hours distributed over 2 semesters. Prerequisites: Restricted to seniors in the Philosophy program. Seniors must have a cumulative 3.5 GPA, a GPA of 3.66 in Philosophy, and have completed at least half of coursework at FSC. Students in the course sequence will work with the professor teaching the course on research projects centered on a particular theme.

PHI 4960 INTERNSHIP IN PHILOSOPHY
Three to six hours. Prerequisite: Senior standing and permission of the faculty. A supervised, semester long application of critical and philosophical thinking, research and writing in an approved setting.

PHI 4999 CAPSTONE SEMINAR IN PHILOSOPHY
Two hours. Prerequisite: Senior standing or consent of the professor. A senior seminar in which students assess, articulate and evaluate ideas in philosophy using critical reasoning, and produce original work to be presented to faculty and peers.