philosophy

Division of Philosophy, Religion & Theology

Janine Idziak, Ph.D., Chair 

The philosophy major has a built-in flexibility which allows students to: double major and connect as closely as possible an interest in philosophy with a major interest in another area, and develop a more personal course of study in philosophy, tailored to a student’s individual interests.
 
The minor in philosophy is an ideal choice if a student does not have the time to pursue a major in philosophy, but nevertheless is interested in exploring life’s ultimate questions, if only in a preliminary way.
 
Requirements for the major in Philosophy (B.A.):
A one-hour oral comprehensive exam including a portfolio review (see the Philosophy Program Coordinator for oral examination Study Guide and further details regarding the portfolio review) are required for program completion. Philosophy majors must successfully complete (with a grade of “C” or above) courses within the following categories:
 

Req Course Cr's
1   L.PHI-101: Critical Reasoning: Principles and Applications 3
2   L.PHI-250: Human Identity in Community-AI 3
3   L.PHI-301: Foundational Ethics 3
4   L.PHI-331: Knowledge, Truth, and Reality 3
5   L.PHI-***: Additional Elective 3
6   L.PHI-***: Additional Elective 3
7   L.PHI-***: Additional Elective 3
Select two from Req 8 (taking L.PHI-101 or 110 first is strongly recommended)
8   L.PHI-220: Ancient Philosophy 3
8   L.PHI-221: Medieval Philosophy 3
8   L.PHI-223: Contemporary Philosophy 3
8   L.PHI-280: Eastern Philosophy 3
Select one from Req 9
9   L.PHI-311: Business Ethics-AV 3
9   L.PHI-313: Environmental Ethics-AV 3
9   L.PHI-314: Computers, Ethics, and Society-AV 3
9   L.PHI-315: Communication Ethics-AV 3
9   L.PHI-316: Ethics in Philosophy, Literature and Film-AV 3
9   L.PHI-317: Ethics and the New Genetics-AV 3
9   L.PHI-318: The Theory and Practice of Bioethics-AV 3
30 total required credits

 
What should be done to prepare for graduate school or teaching philosophy?
When seeking a solid preparation for advanced study in philosophy at the graduate level, as background for a particular profession or vocation, or as preparation for teaching philosophy, it is strongly recommended that (in addition to fulfilling the one-hour oral comprehensive exam and portfolio review requirements) the following courses be used to fulfill philosophy major requirements.
 
L.PHI-101: Critical Reasoning: Principles and Applications
L.PHI-250: Human Identity in Community-AI
L.PHI-301: Foundational Ethics 
L.PHI-331: Knowledge, Truth, and Reality 
L.PHI-220: Ancient Philosophy
L.PHI-221: Medieval Philosophy
L.PHI-222: Modern Philosophy
L.PHI-223: Contemporary Philosophy
L.PHI-333: Philosophy of God and Religion
One  course  from  the  applied  ethics  group  (L.PHI-311:  Business  Ethics-AV;  L.PHI-313: Environmental Ethics-AV; L.PHI-314: Computers, Ethics, and Society-AV; L.PHI-315: L.PHI-316: Ethics in Philosophy, Literature, and Film-AV; Communication Ethics; L.PHI-317: Ethics and the New Genetics-AV; L.PHI-319: Bioethics-AV)
 
Requirements for the minor in Philosophy:
Philosophy minors must successfully complete (with a grade of “C” or above) the following courses:

Req Course Cr's
1   L.PHI-101: Critical Reasoning: Principles and Applications 3
2   L.PHI-250: Human Identity in Community-AI 3
3   L.PHI-301: Foundational Ethics 3
4   Elective (strongly recommended): L.PHI-220, 221, 222, or 223 3
5   Additional Elective 3
6   Additional Elective 3
18 total required credits

At Loras, minor programs can be designed to fit individual needs. Following are some suggested sequences for those preparing for careers in law, business, or medicine.
 
Suggested minor sequence for Pre-Law
L.PHI-101: Critical Reasoning: Principles and Applications
L.PHI-250: Human Identity in Community-AI
L.PHI-301: Foundational Ethics
L.PHI-344: Social and Political Philosophy
Two additional philosophy courses

Suggested minor sequence for Business
L.PHI-101: Critical Reasoning: Principles and Applications
L.PHI-250: Human Identity in Community-AI
L.PHI-301: Foundational Ethics
L.PHI-311: Business Ethics-AV
Two additional philosophy courses

Suggested minor sequence for the Health Sciences
L.PHI-101: Critical Reasoning: Principles and Applications
L.PHI-250: Human Identity in Community-AI or L.PHI-301: Foundational Ethics
L.PHI-348: Philosophy of Science
L.PHI-278: Bioethics, Society and Culture or L.PHI-319: Bioethics-AV or L.PHI-317: Ethics and the New Genetics
Two additional philosophy courses
 
Suggested minor sequence for Ethics concentration
L.PHI-101: Critical Reasoning : Principles and Applications
L.PHI-250: Human Identity in Community-AI
L.PHI-301: Foundational Ethics

Three additional philosophy courses from the following courses:
 
·      L.PHI-278: Bioethics, Society and Culture
·      L.PHI-311: Business Ethics-AV
·      L.PHI-313: Environmental Ethics-AV
·      L.PHI-314: Computers, Ethics, and Society-AV
·      L.PHI-315: Communication Ethics-AV
·      L.PHI-316: Ethics in Philosophy, Literature, and Film-AV
·      L.PHI-317: Ethics and the New Genetics-AV
·      L.PHI-319: Bioethics-AV
·      L.SMG-270: Ethics in Sport
 
One 3-credit cognate course (i.e., a course from an academic program other than philosophy) may be used for the elective portion of a philosophy major or minor. The course must be related to the student’s main philosophical interest and program of study, and must be approved in advance by the Division chairperson.

AREA
L.PHI-225: Art, Beauty, & Meaning
L.PHI-278: Bioethics, Society, & Culture
L.PHI-290: Christianity, Film, & The Arts-AA
L.PHI-311: Business Ethics-AV
L.PHI-313: Environmental Ethics-AV
L.PHI-314: Computers, Ethics, & Society-AV
L.PHI-315: Communication Ethics-AV
L.PHI-316: Ethics in Philosophy, Literature, & Film-AV
L.PHI-317: Ethics and the New Genetics-AV
L.PHI-318: The Theory and Practice of Bioethics-AV
L.PHI-319: Bioethics-AV
L.PHI-348: Philosophy of Science
L.PHI-375: Comparative Philosophy
L.PHI-475: Philosophical Foundations of Theology
 
GENERAL
L.PHI-101: Critical Reasoning: Principles and Applications
L.PHI-110: Introduction to Philosophy

HISTORICAL
L.PHI-220: Ancient Philosophy
L.PHI-221: Medieval Philosophy
L.PHI-222: Modern Philosophy
L.PHI-223: Contemporary Philosophy
L.PHI-280: Eastern Philosophy
L.PHI-376: Philosophy & the Rise of Christianity-AC
  
SYSTEMATIC
L.PHI-250: Human Identity in Community-AI L.PHI-301: Foundational Ethics
L.PHI-331: Knowledge, Truth, & Reality
L.PHI-333: Philosophy of God & Religion
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