Philosophy

CHAIR: Mark Gossiaux, Office: 411 Bobet Hall
PROFESSORS: Patrick L. Bourgeois, John Clark, Constance L. Mui
ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS: J.C. Berendzen, Francis P. Coolidge, Jr., Mark Gossiaux, Stephen Rowntree, S.J.
ASSISTANT PROFESSORS: Jon Altschul, Robert Brice, Ginger Hoffman, Jonathan Peterson
FACULTY  EMERITI: David Boileau, Henry J. Folse, Gary Herbert, James R. Watson
WEB PAGE: chn.loyno.edu/philosophy/

The study of philosophy plays a central role in Jesuit liberal education. It provides students with the opportunity to develop their critical thinking and writing skills as they reflect on the meaning of human existence, the nature of human knowledge, moral values, and the existence of God. Courses in philosophy acquaint students with the great thinkers and fundamental concepts that have shaped Western civilization, and prepare them to become responsible leaders in pursuit of the common good.

In addition to its regular Philosophy major (PHIL), the Department also offers a special Philosophy Pre-Law major (PHPL) for those students seeking admission to law school. The Philosophy Pre-Law major provides students with a rigorous training in the skills and habits of reasoning required in the study and practice of law, familiarizes students with the conceptual foundations of law, government, and ethics, and exposes students to the classical philosophical history presupposed by our Western legal tradition.

The Philosophy Department also provides courses for various interdisciplinary programs on campus, such as Asian Studies, Catholic Studies, Environmental Studies, Legal Studies, Medieval Studies, Middle East Peace Studies, and Women’s Studies.

The following courses are required for a major in Philosophy (PHIL): nine hours in the Systematic Sequence (selected from the areas of Logic & Language, Mind & Knowledge, Reality & God, and Ethics & Values); nine hours in the Historical Sequence (three hours of Ancient Philosophy, three hours of Medieval Philosophy, three hours of Modern Philosophy), 12 hours of Philosophy electives, and an advanced majors seminar, usually taken in the Junior or Senior year. Students pursuing the Philosophy Pre-Law major (PHPL) are required to complete: twelve hours in the Systematic Sequence (three hours of Philosophy of Law, three hours of courses from Moral & Political Theory, three hours of courses from Philosophy & Social Topics, three hours of courses from Theoretical Philosophy); nine hours in the Historical Sequence (three hours of Ancient Philosophy, three hours of Medieval Philosophy, three hours of Modern Philosophy), nine hours of Philosophy electives, and an advanced majors seminar, usually taken in the Junior or Senior year. The normal requirements in credit hours for both majors are 30 hours. Philosophy major electives are offered on a continuous and rotational basis.

Bachelor of Arts - Philosophy

Freshman  
F
S
Major PHIL Systematic Sequence
0
3
Foreign Language3  
3
3
Common Curriculum  
12
9
   
15
15
     
30
Sophomore  
F
S
Major PHIL Systematic Sequence
3
0
Major PHIL Historical Sequence
0
3
Adjunct/Electives  
6
6
Common Curriculum  
6
6
   
15
15
     
30
Junior  
F
S
Major PHIL Historical Sequence
3
3
Major PHIL Electives/PHIL Systematic Sequence
3
3
Common Curriculum  
6
6
Adjunct/Electives  
3
3
   
15
15
     
30
Senior  
F
S
Major PHIL Electives
6
3
Common Curriculum  
3
0
Adjunct/Electives  
6
12
   
15
15
     
30
TOTAL: 120 cr. hrs.    

Systematic Sequence: choose nine hours from A201 or 206, A210, A215, and A220.
Historical Sequence: choose three hours from A400, A490; three hours from A405, A408, A491; and three hours from A410, A492.
 

Bachelor of Arts - Philosophy Pre-Law

Freshman  
F
S
Major PHIL A225
0
3
Foreign Language3  
3
3
Common Curriculum  
12
9
   
15
15
     
30
Sophomore  
F
S
Major PHPL Systematic Sequence
3
0
Major PHPL Historical Sequence
0
3
Adjunct/Electives  
6
6
Common Curriculum  
6
6
   
15
15
     
30
Junior  
F
S
Major PHPL Historical/Systemic Sequence
3
3
Major PHPL Elective/Systematic Sequence
3
3
Common Curriculum  
6
6
Adjunct/Electives  
3
3
   
15
15
     
30
Senior  
F
S
Major PHPL Electives/Historical Sequence
6
3
Common Curriculum  
3
0
Adjunct/Electives  
6
12
   
15
15
     
30
TOTAL: 120 cr. hrs.    

Systematic Sequence: choose three hours from A215, A320, A330, V235, V244; three hours from V234, V241, V243, V260; and three hours from A201, A210, A220, A300, A307, A340.
Historical Sequence: choose three hours from A400, A490; three hours from A405, A408, A491; and three hours from A410, A492.

View Philosophy Course Descriptions

(View Common Curriculum Requirements.)