2019-2020 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    Feb 27, 2024  
2019-2020 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Philosophy BA, Organizational Management MS

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Philosophy Major

College of Arts and Sciences
Degree BA, Philosophy
Department Chair Melanie Shepherd, PhD


Mark Painter, Professor of Philosophy, BA Evergreen State College; MA University of North Texas; PhD University of Missouri

George William Shea, IV, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, BS Towson University; MA Georgia State University; PhD Duquesne University

Kriszta Sajber, Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, BA Reed College; MA, PhD The State University of New York Stony Brook

Melanie Shepherd, Associate Professor of Philosophy, BA Hanover College, PhD The Pennsylvania State University

Matthew L. Swanson, Associate Professor of Philosophy, BA, MA, PhD University of Missouri

This program presents philosophy as an integral life activity growing out of a deep and passionate concern with life and its meaning and the recognition that the traumatic changes that mark an age and affect all people involve philosophical issues. In its academic mode, philosophy is noted for cultivating those dispositions and aptitudes requisite for critical thinking and sound judgment. In this function, it provides the strongest preparation for rational living and intelligent participation in contemporary discussions about issues such as freedom, justice, personal authenticity, morality, and political legitimacy.

General Requirements

Philosophy majors must maintain a 2.00 (C grade) average overall and in the major. They are required to complete 24 credits in philosophy beyond the six credits that satisfy core requirements: PHL 206 Logic , two 300-level historical courses (from PHL 320 , PHL 330 , PHL 340  and PHL 350 ), a 400-level seminar (from PHL 411 , PHL 412 , and PHL 413 ), PHL 490 Capstone , and three additional courses, of which one must be 300-level or higher.

A large number of free electives allows students flexibility in personalizing their studies. Majors can, with approval of their advisors, either select from various minors and areas of concentration, pursue double majors, or select clusters of advanced courses from different disciplines in pursuit of more integrated understanding.

Program and Student Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcome 1: Develop and apply the skills necessary to critically analyze philosophical and ethical arguments.
Student Learning Outcome 1: Students will critically analyze philosophical and ethical arguments in terms of content, logical structure and reasoning.

Program Learning Outcome 2: Develop and apply the skills necessary to effectively write about philosophical arguments.
Student Learning Outcome 2: Students will be able to write a coherent philosophical argument.

Program Learning Outcome 3: Understand the main historical figures and movements in philosophy.
Student Learning Outcome 3: Students will demonstrate a comprehensive and clear understanding of the main historical figures and movements in philosophy.

Program Learning Outcome 4: Develop the ability to appreciate the cultural contexts of philosophical ideas and deal responsibly with social and political issues.
Student Learning Outcome 4: Students will value the cultural, social and political contexts of philosophical ideas in written and oral presentations and discussions.

Program Learning Outcome 5: Students will speak publicly about philosophical ideas in a clear, responsive, articulate manner with respect for divergent opinions.
Student Learning Outcome 5: Students will speak publicly about philosophical ideas in a clear, responsive, articulate manner with respect for divergent opinions.

Philosophy BA/Organizational Management MS

The five-year philosophy B.A./ organizational management M.S. program allows students to tailor the philsophy major to their future professional interests in management. Constructed in conjunction with the Business department, this program allows students to complete a B.A. in philosophy  and an M.S. in organizational management  over a five-year course of study (completing the remaining 24 credits of coursework for the M.S. typically requires enrollment in the summer, fall and spring immediately following the conferral of the bachelor’s degree).

Students are guaranteed admission to the M.S. program in Organizational Management as long as (1) they maintain a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA; (2) maintain a 3.0 GPA in OM core classes; and (3) complete their B.A. degree in philosophy as scheduled. Students must submit an application to the program in their junior year, and must have saved 12 credits of free elective credit which will be taken in OM courses as described below.

OM Core Classes

To satisfy OM core classes in their senior year, students may select from the following courses (which will substitute for 12 credits of free electives in the fourth year of undergraduate study), All requirements for the philosophy degree may be found in the Philosophy BA  section of the catalog):

Fifth Year

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