Professor: Rembert (chair)
Associate Professors: Osborne, Wolf
Assistant Professor: Kim
The mission of the Department of Philosophy is carried out through its courses, through interdisciplinary studies to which it contributes, through its promotion of the W&J Philosophy Club, and through its efforts to involve students with the philosophical community both regionally and nationally. The philosophy department aims to help students improve their skills in careful reading, critical thinking, and clear writing. It also seeks to provide opportunities for students to explore the foundational questions underlying both their lives and their careers. Finally, it seeks to provide a major course of study that will enable students to be successful in arenas from graduate programs in philosophy to professional schools in law or medicine to a wide range of careers in which reading, thinking, and writing skills are vital.
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS: The philosophy major consists of nine courses, including PHL 123 ; at least one course from PHL 201 , 204 , or 205 ; at least one course at the 300-level; and PHL 450 Research Seminar in Philosophy, the philosophy capstone. The remaining elective courses can include any PHL course or up to three of the following: "Introduction to Mind, Brain, Behavior," POL 341 , or POL 342 . A maximum of four 100-level courses may count toward the major. Students contemplating graduate study in philosophy are encouraged to take both PHL 201 and PHL 204.
MINOR REQUIREMENTS: Six courses in philosophy including at least two courses at the 200-level or above. Up to two non-PHL courses that would count toward the philosophy major may count toward the philosophy minor.
NOTE: None of the 100-level courses have prerequisites. Any would be appropriate for a beginning philosophy student.