Ann A. Pang-White, Ph.D., Chair
David W. Black, Ph.D.
Timothy K. Casey, Ph.D.
Christina Gschwandtner, Ph.D.
Daniel Haggerty, Ph.D.
Richard J. Klonoski, Ph.D.
Andrew LaZella, Ph.D.
Ronald McKinney, S.J., Ph.D.
Sharon M. Meagher, Ph.D.
Matthew Meyer, Ph.D.
J. Patrick Mohr, S.J., Ph.D.
Kevin M. Nordberg, Ph.D.
William V. Rowe, Ph.D.
Ileana Szymanski, Ph.D.
Patrick Tully, Ph.D.
The basic objectives of the Philosophy Department may be stated as follows:
- To inspire the student to confront the philosophical problems implicit in the experience of self, others and the universe, together with the question of their relations to ultimate transcendence (God and immortality);
- To develop in the student habits of clear, critical thinking within the framework of both an adequate philosophical methodology and accepted norms of scholarship;
- To introduce the student to reading critically the great philosophers, past and present; and
- Finally, to help the student to formulate for himself or herself a philosophy of life or worldview consistent with the objectives of liberal education at a Catholic and Jesuit university.
For the Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, the major must take 24 credits (eight courses) in Philosophy in addition to the 6 credits required of all students. These 24 credits must include a logic course and at least two courses on the 300 or 400 level. Majors should take logic before the senior year.
See also the Philosophy offerings in the SJLA Program described elsewhere in this catalog.
The Environmental Studies Concentration is affiliated with the Department of Philosophy.
Courses for Philosophy are listed under the prefix PHIL. For more information, visit our Course Descriptions page.
For more information about the Philosophy department, visit its website.