Philosophy (major)

What you will study

If you choose philosophy as a major or support area, you study the ideas and questions of many kinds of thinkers, from philosophers and novelists to poets and artists.

Philosophers throughout the ages and in our own time have explored the quality, meaning, and significance of human life. In studying philosophy, you join them in this exploration. Through your study of philosophy and the other humanities disciplines, you acquire tools for applying the thoughts of philosophers, artists, and other thinkers to issues and practical decisions in your everyday life.

As a student of philosophy, you explore such issues as the meaning of life, the basis and justification of knowledge, relationships of love and friendship, and the roots and consequences of evil. You are encouraged to consider how your views of these issues have been shaped by the culture around you, and how responses to these issues might differ from culture to culture. You also consider a variety of answers that have been proposed to the question of how to live a good life, and how humans ought to act in the world. By responding critically and thoughtfully to these issues, you develop your own philosophy of life and your own standards for living. You learn to continue seeking out new ways of thinking that might challenge and enlarge your own view of the world.

For 130 years, Alverno College has been dedicated to the education of women, preparing them for lives of personal and professional distinction and meaningful engagement with the world. Alverno extends this mission to men as well, through graduate and adult classes. We are a Catholic, liberal arts college with a curriculum so unique, educators from around the world come to Alverno to learn how we teach. Alverno’s abilities-based approach to learning ensures our graduates will learn more in class and retain knowledge longer. Students do not receive traditional grades, rather, they are assessed by faculty, community assessors, peers and themselves. Our small class sizes ensure students receive uncommon access to faculty. With an average student to teacher ratio of 10:1, you are guaranteed an individualized learning experience.

Philosophy Major Beginning
Take one group from the following: 16
Group 1 (take two):
Search for Meaning
Philosophy of Love and Friendship
Themes in Philosophy:Confronting Evil
Group 2:
Thinking & Knowing
Philosophy of Food
Medical Ethics
Philosophy Major Intermediate
Take one group from the following:6
Group 1:
Search for Meaning
Philosophy of Love and Friendship
Themes in Philosophy:Confronting Evil
Group 2:
Thinking & Knowing
Philosophy of Love and Friendship
Group 3:
Thinking & Knowing
Philosophy of Love and Friendship
Group 4:
Philosophy of Food
Philosophy of Love and Friendship
Group 5:
Philosophy of Food
Themes in Philosophy:Confronting Evil
Group 6:
Medical Ethics
Philosophy of Love and Friendship
Group 7:
Medical Ethics
Themes in Philosophy:Confronting Evil
PL-399Formal Introduction to Advanced Work0
Philosophy Major Advanced
Take one HUM-350 series course4
Chinese Civilization & Cultures
South Asia Civilization
Latin American Civilizations
Japan: Studies in Civilizations& Culture
The Two Koreas
Middle Eastern Civilization
HUM-410Senior Humanities Seminar4
PL-350American Philosophy4
PL-375Humanistic Existentialism4
Take one of the following:2
Internship Seminar
Advanced Internship Seminar
Independent Study
PL-385Studies in Ethics:Theory & Practice4
PL-410Philosophy Perspectives & Methods4
PL-475Independent Research4
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These courses will fulfill one HFA-210 and one HFA-310 for general education.