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Degree Requirements

The study of Philosophy is one of the most central elements in achieving the mission of Thomas More College. The Philosophy Department contributes to the College's mission in two ways. First, it presents a set of courses in the core curriculum which aid each student in developing a deeper understanding of human nature, reasoning, freedom and of the philosophical underpinnings of Christian beliefs. The "Metaphysics and Epistemology" (M&E) courses look at the distinctive characteristics of the human person, the nature of reality, and knowledge. A central dimension of the human person is moral freedom; this area will be examined in a second set of courses which fall under the rubric of "Values and Ethics" (V&E). Each student chooses one course from each set in accord with his or her interests and career plans.

The second function of the Department is to provide a course of study leading to a major in Philosophy. Building on the core that all students take, the program has three main components:

  1. courses that enable the student to reflect on human nature and its social dimensions;
  2. courses exploring the rich tradition of philosophical reflection in the western world; and
  3. courses leading the student into reflection on central metaphysical and epistemological issues.

This program is meant to lead the student into a process of reflection on issues that are raised throughout the core curriculum of the College and to encourage an understanding of the underpinnings of the intellectual tradition that has marked the development of Christian thought in the West. The primary goal of this program is to produce graduates who will be capable of approaching any activity in life in a reflective way. Since the program has this perspective it can serve, either at the associate or the bachelor level, as a worthwhile adjunct to the intellectual growth of students preparing for a professional career in any field. It would be especially helpful as a background for persons who intend to work in any social, political, legal or religious context.

Students in Philosophy fulfill the Core Requirement in computer literacy by demonstrating proficiency in the use of a standard word processor to prepare the results of their research project at the bachelor level.


  • Philosophy (33 hours): PHI 105, 205, 215, 307, 325, 330, 337, 400, 401, electives: 6 hours
  • Mathematics (3 hours): from BUA 249, MAT 205, or 208
  • Students must earn a C or better in all Philosophy courses


  • Philosophy (18 hours): Choose one combination of courses from Values, Metaphysics and Epistemology, or Student Designed:
    • Values: PHI 155 (Introduction to Philosophy), 205, 215, 230, 235, 417
    • Metaphysics and Epistemology: PHI 155 (Introduction to Philosophy), 205, 225, 307, 327, 401
    • Student Designed: PHI 307, additional elective at the 300- or 400- level. Recommendations for remaining hours: PHI 105, PHI 155 (Introduction to Philosophy), one ethics course, and at least one of the History of Philosophy courses
  • Students must earn a C or better in all Philosophy courses