2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 26, 2024  
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Philosophy, BA

The Philosophy faculty at Malone University are eager to help students think critically about life’s most enduring questions about God, morality, knowledge, art, culture, and human nature. Exploring these subjects can encourage a love for truth, enable students to clarify and defend their cherished beliefs, and help cultivate a distinctively Christian understanding of the world and human life. Moreover, the study of Philosophy helps students develop a range of crucially important skills and abilities that are salient marks of a well-developed mind. Specifically, the study of Philosophy can:

• broaden one’s understanding of many disciplines
• help cultivate good reasoning skills
• enable one to write well
• teach one to argue effectively

Skills of this sort are invaluable in preparing students for graduate school, seminary, law school, teaching, and a host of non-academic careers. In fact, Philosophy majors routinely receive some of the highest scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), and the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). For these reasons, studying Philosophy can provide students with the background necessary for excelling in a variety of fields–both academic and professional.

Students pursuing a major in Philosophy may choose from among 3 tracks (General Philosophy, Philosophy-Theology, or Philosophy-Law) and must maintain a minimum 2.5 gpa in the major and are required to pass senior comprehensive examinations.

General Philosophy Track

The General Philosophy Track consists of the 19-hour core plus 12 hours of philosophy electives for a total of 31 credit hours. Students selecting this track are encouraged to pursue a second major or multiple minors.

Philosophy-Theology Track

The Philosophy-Theology Track consists of the 19-hour core plus the 24 hours listed below for a total of 43 credit hours.

Philosophy-Law Track

The Philosophy-Law Track consists of the 19-hour core plus the 21 hours listed below for a total of 40 credit hours.