Why Study Philosophy?
Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental problems, such as existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language. It is distinguished from other manners of addressing such problems by its critical, generally systematic approach and its reliance on rational argument.
How We're Different
Students engage perennial philosophical questions within small upper-level classes.
Our students win summer research grants to explore pressing ethical issues.
Students shape their philosophical education through individualized courses and directed studies.
The Aquinas Philosophy Club extends philosophical conversations outside the classroom.
Our students hone their arguments through public events, such as the newly inaugurated Disputatio, a debate series in the Dominican tradition, which offers an opportunity for students, exceptional scholars, and community members to discuss challenging moral issues in a serious yet collegial manner.
Courses are offered in applied ethics, the history of philosophical thought, and the core philosophical areas, including: metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and logic.
Students can pair their studies with other content areas including humanities and the sciences.
Work with faculty who win teaching awards, are awarded national fellowships, and possess active research agendas.
Our students move towards further study, such as philosophy graduate programs, medical school and law school.
Our faculty seek, as Aquinas himself did, to enliven and encourage thought within students.
A minimum of thirty (30) credit hours. Required courses:
A maximum of two independent study courses
PH101 may count toward the major, but is not required
Two courses in history of philosophy (designated H) (normally students will take two of the following three (3) courses: PH215, PH220, PH225; with special permission, students may take another course such as PH330 or PH218 in place of one of the aforementioned history courses.
One course in Ethics (designated E)
One course in Metaphysics or Epistemology (designated ME) or, with chairperson’s approval, a course in philosophy or language or philosophy of mind
At least four courses must be numbered 300 or higher. At most, two courses may be numbered below 200.
PH450 Philosophical Research (Capstone)
A transfer student majoring in Philosophy must complete a minimum of fifteen (15) hours in philosophy at Aquinas College.
PH101 Introduction to Philosophy (3) HP
PH111 Logic (3) HP
PH450 Philosophical Research (3) SC
PH215 Ancient Greek and Chinese Philosophy (3) H
PH220 Medieval Philosophy (3) H
PH225 Modern Philosophy (3) H
PH/PS312 Political Thought: Its Histories & Concepts (3)