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Undergraduate & Graduate Dates to Remember*

Fall Term 2010

August 20-22 MBA Orientation
August 25-29 Wolfpack Welcome
August 30 Classes begin
September 3 Add deadline
October 29 Last day to withdraw & last day
to apply for graduation
December 10 Last day of classes
December 11-17 Final Exams

Spring Term 2011

January 8 New Student Orientation; MBA Orientation
January 10 Classes begin
January 14 Add deadline
March 4 Last day to withdraw
May 4 Last day of classes for undergraduate students
May 5 Last day of classes for graduate students
May 6-12 Final Exams for day division
May 9-12 Final Exams for graduate and evening students
May 14 Commencement - all colleges

*College of Law dates on Law Bulletin

CHAIR: Mark Gossiaux (on sabbatical 2010-2011), Acting Chair: Constance L. Mui, Office: 411 Bobet Hall
PROFESSORS: Patrick L. Bourgeois, John Clark, Gary B. Herbert, 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
FACULTY  EMERITI: David A. Boileau, Henry J. Folse, 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 Catholic Studies, Environmental 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), 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), 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 Sequence1
0
3
Foreign Language3  
3
3
Common Curriculum  
12
9
   
15
15
     
30
Sophomore  
F
S
Major PHIL Systematic Sequence1
3
0
Major PHIL Historical Sequence2
0
3
Adjunct/Electives  
6
6
Common Curriculum  
6
6
   
15
15
     
30
Junior  
F
S
Major PHIL Historical Sequence2
3
3
Major PHIL Electives/PHIL Systematic Sequence1
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.    

Bachelor of Arts - Philosophy Pre-Law

I. Systematic Philosophy

Phil A225: Philosophy of Law

Moral and Political Theory (Choose 1):

  • Phil A215 Ethics
  • Phil A320 Social and Political Theory
  • Phil A330 Modern Political Theory
  • Phil V235 Philosophy of Right

Philosophy and Social Topics (Choose 1):

  • Phil V234 Medical Ethics
  • Phil 241 Phil Perspective on Woman
  • Phil V243 Environmental Philosophy
  • Phil V260 Social Justice

Theoretical Philosophy (Choose 1):

  • Phil A201 Practical Logic
  • Phil A210 Metaphysics
  • Phil A220 Epistemology
  • Phil A300 Philosophy of Science
  • Phil A307 Philosophy of Mind
  • Phil A340 Being and God

II. History of Philosophy

(Choose 1 from each of the 3 historical periods):

Ancient:

Phil A400  History of Ancient Philosophy
Phil A490  Major Seminar: Ancient

Medieval:

Phil A405 History of Medieval Philosophy
Phil A408 Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas
Phil A491 Major Seminar: Medieval

Modern:

Phil A410 History of Modern Philosophy
Phil A492 Major Seminar: Modern

III. Electives

Students must take 3 electives. Some of the courses offered recently are:

  • Phil A210: Metaphysics
  • Phil A220: Epistemology
  • Phil A430: American Philosophy
  • Phil A465: Introduction to Analytical Philosophy

IV. Major Seminar course

All majors must complete at least one Major Seminar course (A490, A491, A492 or A493) prior to graduation.

View Philosophy Course Descriptions

(View Common Curriculum Requirements.)

1 Systematic Sequence: choose nine hours from A206, A210, A215, A220, A221, A245, A300, A307, A340.
2 Historical Sequence: choose nine hours from A400, A405, A408, A410, A490, A491, A492.
3 Students who wish to be recommended for graduate studies in philosophy must either manifest a reading knowledge in a foreign language or successfully complete 12 credit hours in one of the following: Greek, Latin, German, French, or Russian.