Programs of Study in Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy offers several programs of study for those students who would like to pursue a degree in philosophy:

Major in Philosophy

Philosophy majors must complete 30 credits in Philosophy and maintain a 2.00 (C grade) average overall and in the major. They are also required to take Ethical Theory (PHL 200), Logic (PHL 206), and the four upper level historical courses: Ancient Philosophy (PHL 320), Early Modern Philosophy (PHL 330), 19th Century Philosophy (PHL 340) and 20th Century Philosophy (PHL 430). A proficiency in a foreign language is advisable.

A large number of "free electives" allows students flexibility in personalizing their studies. Majors can, with approval of their advisors, either select from various minors and areas of concentration, pursue double majors, or select clusters of advanced courses from different disciplines in pursuit of more integrated understanding.

For information contact Dr. Melanie Shepherd at
mshepher@misericordia.edu
570-674-6456

Double Major with Philosophy

The Double Major in Philosophy is a particularly attractive option for those students wishing to combine their interest in philosophy with another discipline such as English, Pre-Law, Psychology, or Business. The large number of free electives in the Philosophy Major makes it easy to create an integrated program of study. This sort of combination of disciplines allows students to apply philosophical insights to other major study areas at a level of sophistication well beyond that fostered by Misericordia's 6 hour core requirement in Philosophy. The Double Major in Philosophy has proven to be particularly popular with students, and we believe it is a valuable contribution to Misericordia's tradition of educating the whole person, providing an excellent foundation for a wide range of challenging careers.

For information contact Dr. Melanie Shepherd at
mshepher@misericordia.edu
570-674-6456

Pre-DPT Major in Philosophy

Misericordia University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree program offers several baccalaureate courses of study to fulfill the degree requirements, including philosophy.

For further details about the program, please see their website here.

For further details about the Plan of Study for the Pre-PDT B.A. in philosophy, please click here.

For information contact Dr. Melanie Shepherd at
mshepher@misericordia.edu
570-674-6456

Minor in Philosophy

The Minor in Philosophy allows students perhaps more flexibility than any other minor offered at Misericordia. Beyond the required introductory course in Philosophy, the student minoring in Philosophy may take any other 5 Philosophy courses of their choice. Availability of courses may vary, and some upper level courses require prerequisites. Minoring in Philosophy gives students a philosophical sophistication beyond the university's core requirements, while allowing them to tailor their program to their own interests.

The minor in philosophy offers students the opportunity for intellectual liberation and refinement. The 18-credit curriculum explores philosophical problems from a variety of standpoints, fosters critical judgement, refines convictions, and promotes the search for truth. Students may tailor their minor sequence to their interests.

Philosophy Minor Course Sequence

PHL 100 Introduction to Philosophy 3

PHL Elective 3

PHL Elective 3

PHL Elective 3

PHL Elective 3

PHL Elective 3

Total 18 credits

See Philosophy Course Descriptions.

For information contact Dr. Melanie Shepherd at
mshepher@misericordia.edu
570-674-6456

Minor in Ethics

The Minor in Philosophy allows students perhaps more flexibility than any other minor offered at Misericordia. Beyond the required introductory course in Philosophy, the student minoring in Philosophy may take any other 5 Philosophy courses of their choice. Availability of courses may vary, and some upper level courses require prerequisites. Minoring in Philosophy gives students a philosophical sophistication beyond the university's core requirements, while allowing them to tailor their program to their own interests.

The minor in ethics offers students the opportunity for intellectual liberation and refinement in the fields of ethics and ethical theory. The 18-credit curriculum explores ethical problems from a variety of standpoints, fosters critical judgment, refines convictions, and promotes the search for the truth. Students may tailor their minor sequence to their interests.

Course Sequence:

PHL 100

Introduction to Philosophy

PHL 200

Ethical Theory

and four of the following:

PHL 202

Environmental Ethics

PHL 210

Philosophy of Person

PHL 223

Social Ethics

PHL 270

Social and Political Philosophy

PHL 310

Medical Ethics

RLS 106

Theology and Human Experience

RLS 117

Christian Health Care Ethics

For information contact Dr. Melanie Shepherd at
mshepher@misericordia.edu
570-674-6456

BA to MA in Philosophy

Our BA to MA in Philosophy is a specialized 4+1 initiative developed through the Misericordia University Department of Philosophy that provides express admission for qualified Misericordia graduates to continue their education in the Master of Philosophy Program at Mary Immaculate College (MIC) in Limerick, Ireland, with the option to pursue a Ph.D. in philosophy or arts and culture at MIC.

MIC was co-founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1898 as a college of education and liberal arts in Limerick, a city of 191,000 located along the banks of the Shannon River in mid-western Ireland. MIC offers dozens of undergraduate programs in education and liberal arts, and a range of professional development offerings in a variety of post-graduate programs leading to masters and Ph.D. degrees. Close to Misericordia in size, MIC has an enrollment of 3,600 graduate and undergraduate students. It is also academically linked with the University of Limerick.

For information contact Dr. Melanie Shepherd at
mshepher@misericordia.edu
570-674-6456

Admissions Requirements

The minimum criteria for admission into the Philosophy program as a freshman student are:

  1. Class rank in the top half of the high school graduating class and/or a cumulative 2.5 grade point average
  2. Minimum combined SAT score of 850 for Critical Reading and Math (combined) if taken prior to March 5, 2016, or 930 if taken after March 5, 2016. In lieu of the SAT, ACT results may be presented with a minimum required composite score of 18

Successful transfer applicants will typically hold a minimum collegiate grade point average of 2.0, having completed at least 15 college credits, and have a proven record of success in high school.

Please note the above listed requirements are general, and that each application is looked at thoroughly, taking into account individual grades, academic rigor, and other factors.

For information contact Dr. Melanie Shepherd at
mshepher@misericordia.edu
570-674-6456

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