The College of St. Scholastica
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Duluth, MN 55811
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Steve T. Ostovich, Ph.D.
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Fast Facts: Philosophy Major and Minor
Major: 36 credits
Minor: 20 credits
Boost your brain power and give yourself a competitive edge in our global economy by pairing your major with a language. St. Scholastica offers programs and courses in American Sign Language, French, German, Latin, Ojibwe, Russian and Spanish.
Here are some classes you could take as part of this major or minor. Please note that you would not necessarily need all of these courses to fulfill a major or minor. This list doesn't include general education courses. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.
Introduces students to the philosophical perspective on issues of human concern from what it means to exist as a person, to the nature and existence of God, including freedom/determinism, the nature of reality, and the good society. It practices students in critical thinking about living a good life.
Explores a variety of dimensions of being human in seeking to answer the question, "Who am I?" Issues read about and discussed include whether or not there is a specific "human" nature shared by all; the role of gender in reaching an understanding of what it means to be a person; tensions between freedom and community; the human relationship to nature and whether or not there is any spiritual dimension to existence. Study of both traditional and contemporary writers is included.
Study of major ethical theories, critical examination of the adequacy of each theory and an attempt at making decisions regarding contemporary issues by using some of the theories. Topics, which vary, include current personal and social issues.
Roots of Western thought examined as found in the writings of the ancient Greeks through a variety of time periods and genres in differing combinations: Homer, Hesiod, Herodotus, Thucydides, Sophocles, Euripides, Aeschylus, Aristophanes, Plato, and/or Aristotle.
Explores the works of philosophers from the 16th through 19th centuries including Descartes, Hume, and Kant. Their texts serve as the starting point for reflecting critically on major themes of modern thought related to science, art, religion, and politics.
Examines theoretical accounts of the relation between women and men in present society, identification of assumptions within the feminist accounts, and evaluation of proposals for change.
Looks at such questions as: What is science and what is it not? What are theories, models, laws and hypotheses? How do scientific theories change? What is the method and domain of science? Does science have a monopoly on "truth" about the world or does it ever achieve it?
"I am a double major biology and philosophy. Biology affords me the opportunity to flex my scientific side, but philosophy has been the playground in which my mind could roam free with complex and abstract ideas of morality, reality, existence, purpose and more."
– Henry Sluka, ’17
"Philosophy taught me to never cease asking questions about the nature of reality. It provides a platform for a journey of self-discovery in which it is remarkably easy to lose and find oneself simultaneously."
– Jamie Siemsen, '17
"Philosophy opened my mind to the world, peeling back reality to look beneath to the constructs of value, meaning, justice, ethics, and what it means to be alive and human in the world. Most of what I've done in my life can be traced back to philosophy."
– James Merle '12