The Department of Philosophy offers a major and minor in Philosophy.
The Department of Philosophy is committed to the ideals of a liberal education and understands the study of Philosophy as essential to such a noble endeavor. The courses offered by the Department allow its students to develop the logical and critical skills needed to read intelligently and to think clearly, to learn how Philosophy developed over the centuries, and to appreciate the contributions of the great philosophers to Western culture. The study of Philosophy reveals the complexity of reality and the difficulty of the problems to be faced in the search for truth.
Graduates with a major in Philosophy from Stonehill have become college presidents and vice presidents, academic deans, professors, judges, lawyers, priests, business persons, and authors. Some have become directors of personnel, others political and social analysts; still others have entered government service and politics. Liberally educated persons are ready to move in many directions. But more than preparing students for a career, a major in Philosophy prepares them for life and a lifelong pursuit of wisdom.
Majors in Philosophy will complete a twenty page argumentative essay and deliver an oral presentation that demonstrates the following learning goals:
a.) An ability to clearly state a nuanced position on a philosophical question and argue effectively for that position.
b.) Explain clearly a significant portion of the relevant philosophical literature.
c.) Argue effectively against relevant alternative positions or draw out some interesting philosophical and/or existential implications of the position.