Jan 16, 2021  
2012-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Bachelor of Arts 

The department offers courses in all of the major historical periods of the western intellectual tradition (Ancient, Medieval, Modern, and Contemporary) and in the main disciplines of philosophy (Logic, Metaphysics, Epistemology, Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, and Aesthetics). The philosophy department designs its courses to: 1) focus primarily on the analysis of philosophical questions, arguments, and/or perspectives; 2) provide students with the opportunity to explain, analyze, and evaluate philosophical questions, arguments, and/or perspectives; and 3) demonstrate how understanding philosophical concepts helps to illuminate contemporary issues.

In regard to its ethics offerings, the department seeks to: 1) explore the meaning and purpose of the ethical life, highlighting the concepts of the human person and human nature consistent with the mission of the College and the Judeo-Christian tradition; 2) examine the complexity of the decision-making process and provide guidance for making good moral decisions; 3) provide opportunities for students to nurture a habit of reflective moral judgments through the study of moral problems; and, 4) include a consideration of the philosophical traditions of Aristotle or St. Thomas Aquinas. 

Required Courses

Academic programs vary in their requirements. Students should consult with their faculty advisor and the Academic Guidebook to review the Academic Planning Form pertinent to their program of study. In addition, students should review course descriptions regarding any prerequisites for required courses. Graduation requirements include a minimum of 120 credit hours, although some academic programs may require additional credits. Please refer to the Academic Resources section of the catalog for more information. Information regarding the new Core Curriculum, which takes effect with the Class of 2016, is available at http://www.providence.edu/academic-affairs/core-curriculum.

For the major, 33 credits (eleven courses) of philosophy are required. Of the 33 credits (eleven courses), 24 credits (eight courses) must be at the 300-level or above.

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