Why Philosophy Matters
Philosophy holds a special place, second only to theology, in the Catholic intellectual tradition because of its commitment to exploring the ultimate meaning of life, the place of the human person in relation to all other reality and the responsibility that each person has toward others. A foundation in philosophy helps you approach your career, or any aspect of your life, in a more reflective way. It can serve you well as a chosen major or as an additional field of study.
Philosophy For All
The study of philosophy is central to our mission at Thomas More, so we include it in our core curriculum. One set of courses, Metaphysics and Epistemology, looks at the distinctive characteristics of the human person, the nature of reality and knowledge. A second set of courses, Values and Ethics, explores moral freedom. All students choose one course from each set based on personal interests and career plans. Areas of coursework include:
- Epistemology (the foundations of knowledge)
- History of Philosophy
- Metaphysics (the study of being)
Make a Major Decision
If you choose to pursue a bachelor's degree in philosophy, you'll take courses in the subject areas listed below. You'll also complete a year-long senior project under the guidance of department faculty. If you choose to pursue an associate's degree in philosophy, you may follow either the Values and Ethics track or the Foundations of Knowledge track.
Lay The Groundwork
Alone or in combination with other majors, a philosophy degree can provide an invaluable basis for careers in law, medicine, politics, humanities and other professions. We are proud our graduates have had consistent success in graduate work, professional schools and in their chosen fields.
The American Philosophical Association
The main professional organization of philosophers in the United States.
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
A free, comprehensive encyclopedia of philosophy hosted by Stanford University.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Catherine Sherron
Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy
Thomas More College