Assumption’s philosophy students explore some of life’s most important and enduring questions, questions that trace their origins to ancient Greece and great thinkers like Plato and Aristotle.
- What does it mean to be a human being?
- What makes for excellence in human living?
- How are human beings related to the divine?
These and other similar themes have continued to inform philosophical thought to this day. Contemporary philosophy returns to these concerns and reaches into discussions of ethics, both pure and applied, law, aesthetics and the social and natural sciences.
When you study philosophy, you develop strong logic and judgment skills, which makes it a great choice for students who intend to pursue careers in law, business, government, theology or education. Students are also well prepared to enter graduate programs in philosophy or other areas of study upon graduation.
The philosophy major requires that students take 11 courses in philosophy. The curriculum critically investigates the major areas of human endeavor that stress the formation of the student’s judgment. It also lays the foundation for special studies in the natural sciences, literature, languages, history and the social sciences and a more intensive training in liberal arts overall.
To earn a minor in philosophy, students must take 6 courses in the department. The minor in philosophy is designed to strengthen any liberal arts major, broaden the student’s background and enable the student to see his or her focus of study from a new, enriched perspective.