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Students study Philosophy by engaging in the pursuit of truth and understanding through rational reflection upon all facets of human experience and concern, including knowledge, reasoning, reality, faith, and the significance of fundamental moral, social, and aesthetic values. Our majors are prepared to practically and realistically face the challenges of the 21st century through development of critical and analytical problem-solving skills, as these are exercised within the areas of their various philosophical interests. In addition, Philosophy majors develop skills in written and oral communication while engaging in the interpretation of historically significant philosophical problems and perspectives. Our majors are provided ample opportunities to practice these skills and exercise their knowledge through their coursework, as well as through participation in our philosophy club and in the wider philosophical community through direct involvement in our annual ethics conference and regular department-sponsored colloquia.

Philosophy majors are also prepared and encouraged to develop personal philosophical perspectives, which, along with the requisite communication and thinking skills, will prepare them for professional careers and the challenges of life in general. For instance, our unique pre-law track develops the specialized skills and knowledge that prepare our graduates for success in law school. Lastly, integral to the development of our majors throughout their careers with us is their awareness of the importance of service, compassion, respect, and social responsibility generally, as personified in the Department’s active commitment to the College’s Catholic-Franciscan mission.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy

Required courses (33 credits):

Section Course
PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 203 Philosophy of Religion
PHIL 206 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
PHIL 207 Modern Philosophy
PHIL 211 Symbolic Logic
PHIL 214 Franciscan Thought
PHIL 301 Moral Philosophy
PHIL 302 Metaphysics: Being and Reality
PHIL 304 Epistemology
PHIL 445 Philosophical Method
PHIL 450 Senior Seminar

Philosophy Electives (6 credits): One 200-300 level Philosophy course; one 300-400 level Philosophy courses

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Pre-Law

The Department also offers a B.A. in Philosophy pre-law track. See the pre-law section in this Catalog for further details.

Minor in Philosophy

Students should consider adding a minor in philosophy to their degree program. A minor in philosophy is especially desirable for pre-law students, religious studies students, and anyone considering graduate school.

Requirements (15 credits):

Section Course
PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 100 or 211 Reasoning
PHIL 206, 207, 305, or 306 History of Philosophy

And any two philosophy electives: one at the 200 level or higher, the other at the 300 level.

Pre-Law Advising Program

The Pre-Law Advising Program is for students who wish to pursue a career in law. In today’s highly competitive market, adequate preparation for law school is essential. Admission to law school requires the student to achieve a well-balanced background in the liberal arts, strong proficiencies in writing, speaking, and reasoning, and a high grade-point average (at about 3.75 or better). Students who are serious about a career in law should seek to begin one of these programs as soon as possible. For further information about the Pre-Law Advising Program at Felician, as well as additional information about a career in law, preparation for the LSAT, and other advising support, please contact the College’s Pre-Law Advisor (Dr. Irfan A. Khawaja).

Students who seek admission to Law School after graduating from Felician College should choose one of the Advising Programs described below. Special Pre-Law Advising Programs are offered in Business, Criminal Justice, English, History, Philosophy, and Political Science. Students completing the recommended sequence of courses for a given Advising Program will not only graduate with a major in one of these fields, but will also have completed additional coursework specifically designed to support their application to Law School.

  • Management and Marketing Major (B.A.) –A student preparing for law with a Business Major can expect to develop competencies in oral and written communications, critical reasoning, interpersonal and team skills, and research methods. Additionally, a Business Major will gain a fundamental knowledge of management, corporative governance, business ethics, economics, accounting, marketing, finance, business law, and organizational behavior. Business Programs at Felician College have the overall goal of helping each student become a skilled professional who will successfully and ethically practice in the business world. A business degree is an appropriate foundation for those planning to practice law in a variety of corporate and business environments. For more information on either a major or minor in Business, please see the Division of Business and Management Sciences Programs.
  • B.A. Degree in English – For more information on either a major or a minor in English, please see English.
  • B.A. Degree in History – For more information on either a major or a minor in History, please see History.
  • Philosophy Major (B.A.) – A major in Philosophy, with its strong emphasis on writing, reading comprehension, and reasoning, has traditionally been recommended as a particularly appropriate means of preparing for Law School. Philosophy majors tend to score among the very highest on the LSAT exam. A major in Philosophy also offers the student a fascinating introduction to the history of ideas, together with the opportunity to reflect upon some of the most fundamental and important questions encountered within human experience. For more information on either a major or a minor in Philosophy, please see Philosophy.
  • B.A. Degree in Social Science with a Concentration in Political Science – For more information on the Political Science program, please see Political Science.
  • B.S. Degree in Criminal Justice – For more information on either the major or minor in Criminal Justice, please see Criminal Justice.

What can I do with a degree in Philosophy?

You might wonder what you can do with a degree in Philosophy. Contrary to the usual stereotype, there’s almost nothing you can’t do with one. Philosophy supplies analytical, writing, and thinking skills that are desirable in almost any profession. In the most obvious way, a degree in Philosophy prepares you for graduate school in Philosophy itself. And Philosophy is the preferred degree for pre-law students. But a philosophy major helps prepare you for careers in much else besides, including business, journalism, education, and politics, and as a minor or double major supplements what you might learn in other disciplines.

For more information about what you can do with a philosophy degree, visit any of the following sites:

http://www.apaonline.org/publications/texts/nonaintro.aspx
http://www2.semo.edu/philosophy/whatcani.htm
http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2004-02-11-college-all-starts-cover_x.htm
http://www.willamette.edu/cla/philosophy/practical/index.php

Faculty

Dr. George Abaunza, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Chair
201-559-6244
KH 409

Dr. Joseph Biehl, B.A., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
201-559-6262
KH 414

Dr. Richard Burnor, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Professor
201-559-6143
KH 412

Dr. Donald Casey, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
201-559-6221
KH 421

Dr. Irfan Khawaja, B.A., M.A., PhD.
Assistant Professor, Pre-Law Advisor
201-559-6288
KH 414

Dr. Yvonne Raley, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Faculty Webpage
201-559-6162
KH 409

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For more information regarding Philosophy please contact the Chairperson of the department

Dr. Irfan Khawaja
Kirby Hall Room 414
201-559-6288

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