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