Philosophy

Philosophy, or “the love of wisdom” is the search for answers to questions about beauty, values, reality, knowledge, and meaning. Using reason and logic, philosophy students exercise their minds in order to see the world in different ways, think critically, and effectively argue. Philosophy meets the needs of students (a) who major in other fields but want a theoretical background for such professions as law, education, business, or the ministry or (b) who want to sample the philosophical discipline in their elective courses.

Mission

The purpose of the Department of Philosophy and Religion is to introduce students both to philosophical and religious traditions—particularly Western, but including others—and in the spirit of the liberal arts, to engender critical thinking in these areas.

Goals

  1. Students who complete the general education requirements in philosophy and religion will have knowledge of philosophical and religious traditions.
  2. Students who complete the general education requirements in philosophy and religion will be able to think critically.
  3. Students who complete a minor in philosophy or a major in religion will be prepared to enter graduate or professional studies.

Core/General Education requirements:

Any course in the philosophy department will satisfy the Liberal Arts Elective requirement.

Requirements for the minor in Philosophy

The Philosophy minor consists of 15 s.h. distributed as follows:

Core Philosophy Courses (6 s.h.):

  • PHI 2110 | Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHI 2120 | Symbolic Logic

Philosophy Electives:

  • Select any 9 s.h. with a PHI prefix
     

Program Faculty & Staff

Dr. Kevin Hoffman, Chair, Department of Philosophy & Religion

Dr. Kevin Hoffman

Chair, Philosophy & Religion
(910) 480-8530
J. R. Hustwit, Dean, School of Arts & Humanities

Dr. J. R. Hustwit

Dean, School of Arts & Humanities
(910) 630-7514
Michael Potts, Professor of Philosophy

Dr. Michael Potts

Professor of Philosophy
(910) 630-7072
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