In today's complex world, we are confronted with moral, ethical and philosophical questions on a daily basis. Whether in the fields of science and medicine, business or education, the very essence of what it means to be human in an ever-changing and technologically saturated and interconnected world force us to seek answers for the most basic questions that philosophers have pondered for centuries.
The Philosophy program at Roger Williams University introduces students to the discipline, acquaints them with the world’s major philosophic figures and the problems with which they wrestled and encourages students to pursue their own avenues of philosophic inquiry. Students who study in the Philosophy program at RWU develop skills in careful reading, critical thinking and clear, effective writing. Each student’s program culminates with a senior thesis, which demonstrates the student’s ability to analyze and critically evaluate an important philosophical issue.
All Students completing the Philosophy program will demonstrate the following:
These outcomes while not specifically enumerated in the course catalog, are realized and achieved through the course requirements in the major as listed on pages 189‐190 of the University Catalog (2011‐2012). The first two are key outcomes for the gateway course, Introduction to Philosophy. The third outcome is derived from the goals of the Phil 103, Logic. The fourth and fifth outcomes are the focus of Phil 203 through Phil 401‐the topic/theme specific courses. Eight of those courses are required for the major. The last two outcomes are the focus of the two‐semester senior seminar.