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For Faculty Advisors

The information on this page is intended to help faculty members learn more about the Philosophy and Philosophy Ethics Core Foundations.

Philosophy Requirement Objectives

The following is a list of objectives that you may find useful when you’re preparing to submit a course to the CCC for approval.

Philosophy courses will:

  • Focus primarily on the analysis of philosophical questions, arguments, and/or perspectives
  • Provide students with the opportunity to explain, analyze, and evaluate philosophical questions, arguments, and/or perspectives
  • Demonstrate how understanding philosophical concepts helps to illuminate contemporary issues

Ethics courses will:

  • Explore the meaning and purpose of the ethical life
  • Examine the complexity of the decision‐making process and provide guidance for making good moral decisions
  • Provide opportunities for students to nurture a habit of reflective moral judgments through the study of moral problems
  • Include a consideration of the philosophical traditions of Aristotle and/or St. Thomas Aquinas

Notes

Ethics Requirement
A course reviewed for the Ethics Core Foundation requirement that is not approved for this requirement may not be considered to meet the Philosophy Core Foundation requirement.

Qualifications of Faculty Teaching Outside of Home Department
To address whether or not a particular faculty member outside of the Philosophy or Theology Departments is sufficiently qualified to teach a course that satisfies the Philosophy or Theology Core Objectives, a CCC subcommittee will make this determination. The subcommittee is made up of the chairs of those departments and a third member to be selected by the CCC. The purpose of this subcommittee will be not only to assess whether a proposed course satisfies the objectives but whether the proposer is qualified to carry them out. This subcommittee will make a recommendation to the CCC.​

Philosophy Foundation

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​For the Philosophy Foundation to be fulfilled, students must take two, three-credit, Core-designated philosophy courses. One must be an ethics course and the other must be a course in a field of philosophy other than ethics.​

Why Philosophy?

The tradition of the Dominican Order is one of teaching and scholarship, of seeking answers to the great questions of human speculation, and of helping others to do the same. In support of this tradition​​, Providence College requires of its students to study philosophy.

Philosophy is “the love of wisdom,” and as such, philosophy serves to enrich the lives of students not only by leading them onto the path to finding these answers — since by nature all desire to know them — but also by cultivating in them the habits of moral reasoning and virtuous practice, qualities indispensable for any member of society to contribute to the common good. Beyond this, the study of philosophy uniquely fosters students’ faculties of reasoning, making them better able to think critically, to understand themselves in light of the Judeo- Christian heritage, to discern virtue, and, ultimately, to pursue the goal of all education: Truth.​​

  
Core Foundation/Proficiency
  
  
Major
  
AMS 331 (American Philosophy) [Effective Fall 2012]Philosophy Core RequirementAmerican Studies
GST 337 (Philosophy and Globalization) [Effective Fall 2013]Philosophy Core Requirement, Diversity ProficiencyGlobal Studies
HON 301 (Honors Studies in Philosophy) [Effective Fall 2012]Philosophy Core RequirementHonors
HON 302 (Honors Studies in Ethics)Philosophy-Ethics Core RequirementHonors
PHL 101 (Logic) [Effective Summer 2014]Philosophy Core RequirementPhilosophy
PHL 103 (Introduction to Philosophy) [Effective Summer 2014]Philosophy Core RequirementPhilosophyPhilosophy
PHL 150 (Philosophy and Literature) [Effective Fall 2014]Philosophy Core RequirementPhilosophy
PHL 200 (Introduction to the Philosophy of St. Thomas) [Effective Fall 2012]Philosophy Core RequirementPhilosophy
PHL 202 (General Ethics) [Effective Summer 2014]Philosophy-Ethics Core RequirementPhilosophy
PHL 206 (The Wisdom of Socrates) [Effective Fall 2012]Philosophy Core RequirementPhilosophy
PHL 207 (Philosophy of the Human Person) [Effective Fall 2013]Philosophy Core RequirementPhilosophy
PHL 300 (Ancient Philosophy) [Effective Spring 2014]Philosophy Core RequirementPhilosophy
PHL 301 (Ethics Moral Leadership and the Common Good) [Effective Summer 2014]Philosophy-Ethics Core RequirementPhilosophy
PHL 304 (Current Problems in Ethics) [Effective Spring 2017]Philosophy-Ethics Core RequirementPhilosophy
PHL 306 (Business Ethics) [Effective Spring 2014]Philosophy-Ethics Core RequirementPhilosophy
PHL 309 (Biomedical Ethics) [Effective Summer 2014]Philosophy-Ethics Core RequirementPhilosophy
PHL 310 (Medieval Philosophy) [Effective Fall 2016 semester]Philosophy Core RequirementPhilosophy
PHL 312 (Thomistic Ethics) [Effective Spring 2014]Philosophy-Ethics Core RequirementPhilosophy
PHL 315 (Symbolic Logic) [Effective Fall 2012]Philosophy Core RequirementPhilosophy
PHL 316 (Social and Political Philosophy) [Effective Fall 2016]Philosophy Core RequirementPhilosophy
PHL 317 (Philosophy of Religion) [Effective Fall 2012]Philosophy Core RequirementPhilosophy
PHL 318 (Philosophy of Science) [Effective Fall 2012 for Philosophy & Spring 2016 for Intensive Writing I]Philosophy Core Requirement, Intensive Writing Level I ProficiencyPhilosophy
PHL 319 (Philosophy of Knowledge) [Effective Fall 2014]Philosophy Core RequirementPhilosophy
PHL 320 (The Philosophy of Catholic Social Thought) [Effective Spring 2014]Philosophy-Ethics Core Requirement, Civic Engagement ProficiencyPhilosophy
PHL 321 (American Philosophy) [Effective Fall 2012]Philosophy Core RequirementPhilosophy
PHL 325 (Asian Philosophy) [Effective Fall 2012]Philosophy Core RequirementPhilosophy
PHL 326 (Contemporary Women Philosophers) [Effective Fall 2012]Philosophy Core RequirementPhilosophy
PHL 337 (Philosophy and Globalization) [Effective Fall 2013]Philosophy Core Requirement, Diversity ProficiencyPhilosophy
PHL 339 (Environmental Philosophy) [Effective Fall 2012]Philosophy Core RequirementPhilosophy
PHL 347 (Philosophy of Language) [Effective Spring 2015]Philosophy Core RequirementPhilosophy
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