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Philosophy

The University of Mount Union’s Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy allows students to explore fundamental questions about human experience through the study of logic, ethics, and critical reasoning. It emphasizes skills relative to any field, including the ability to objectively analyze, efficiently organize, competently communicate, and thoroughly research complex issues.

Philosophy Quick Facts

The philosophy degree requires a total of 33 major-specific credits and 32 credits to fulfill the University’s general education program. The Integrative Core is the University’s general education program and allows students to explore interests outside of their field of study, helping them gain valuable skills in leadership and communication that will lead to a rewarding career.

Curriculum

As a philosophy major at the University of Mount Union, you will study logic, ethics and epistemology. You will develop valuable skills through in-depth courses involving religion and science and gain research experience through the required research portfolio to be completed prior to graduation.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

After the completion of the philosophy major requirements, students will:

  • Demonstrate a general knowledge of the history of philosophy in the Western world, including an acquaintance with the representative major figures and movements.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with major philosophical problems in metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with at least one approach to the study of philosophy outside of the mainstream Western analytic tradition (e.g. continental, feminist, and/or eastern).
  • Demonstrate basic competence in formal logic.
  • Read with understanding texts that raise philosophical issues, and be able to identify, analyze and critically evaluate their main theses and supporting arguments.
  • Engage in philosophical research, demonstrating the ability to find, appropriately use, and correctly cite published work in philosophy.
  • Engage in clear, coherent and well-grounded discussion (both orally and in written form) of philosophical issues and arguments.

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