Wendy Turgeon, Ph.D., Chairperson
Philosophy, the love of wisdom, is at the heart of a liberal education. It seeks to question and interpret the full range of human experience and critically examine the assumptions, methods, and claims of other bodies of knowledge represented in the curriculum, including its own.
On a personal level philosophy challenges students to think critically from the point of view informed by the history of ideas and from a variety of perspectives. Ultimately, philosophy aims at a wisdom that may support a meaningful life and guide life’s decisions.
Courses in philosophy provide an excellent foundation for professional study in law, history, education, the natural and social sciences, and religious studies.
With the advances of technology, students at SJC Brooklyn have opportunities to take philosophy courses based at SJC Long Island. Consult the department for information about these dual-campus course opportunities.
For centuries a college education meant preparation in philosophy and theology. Now there are many majors from which to choose but these two disciplines offer a breadth of knowledge that can factor into any profession. For example, philosophy majors often go into field as diverse as business, technical writing, information technology. Religious Studies majors likewise branch out into a number of other professions and as religion plays an increasing role in the global economy and politics, this area becomes key for understanding across differences. Many graduate professional programs (medicine and law) welcome majors from these disciplines. The program at St. Joseph’s College combines study in both with a specialization in one.
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The courses listed in this section are interdisciplinary in nature. The departments to which they may be credited are listed.Philosophy