Bachelor’s Degree (B.A.) in Philosophy
STUDY WITH THE GREAT THINKERS
As a student of philosophy at the Abbey, you will seek to answer fundamental human questions such as: How should I live? How can I be happy? What can be known? You will be immersed in the Catholic intellectual tradition and other classic works of the past, including those by Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, and Hume. You will learn to express ideas clearly and convincingly, and sharpen your thinking as you answer fundamental questions at the root of every study or enterprise. Many successful people — including supreme court judges, founders of large companies, journalists, and medical researchers — claim that studying philosophy gave them the reasoning skills they needed to succeed.
Possible career paths:
Teaching, law, research, government, psychology, business, journalism, medicine
Philosophy majors score higher than other majors on the GRE and LSAT.
In addition to the specific requirements listed in the section below, all students at the Abbey are required to earn credits in our core liberal arts curriculum.
Specific Core Curriculum requirements:
PH 200W: Introduction to Philosophy
PH 202: Introduction to Logical Reasoning
PH 301: The Good Life (Ethics)
PH 302: Modern & Contemporary Philosophy
PH 305: Philosophy of Science & Nature
PH 315: Philosophy of Knowing and Believing (Epistemology)
PH 316: Philosophy of Reality (Metaphysics)
At least 4 more PH courses at the 300- or 400-level
PH470: Senior Thesis OR PH 435: Senior Seminar and Comprehensive Exam
Two courses in one language.
One course at the 300- or 400-level in each of the following:
General Electives – 7+ courses
*It is the student’s responsibility to verify that all degree requirements for graduation are fulfilled.
Introduction to Logical Reasoning
In this course, students learn how to craft definitions, distinguish propositions, analyze both deductive and non-deductive arguments, recognize fallacies and argue for their views in a logical way.
The Good Life
How should humans live? This course considers that question by studying approaches to ethics and topics like happiness, virtue, love, friendship, natural law, duty, utility and sexuality. This course provides the conceptual background for further studies in contemporary ethical issues, business ethics, law, politics and related topics.
Faith & Reason
This course examines the nature and origins of faith and current challenges to the rationality of faith including common arguments for and against God’s existence, religious belief and practice, the problem of evil and miracles.