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:

Options for Majoring:

Options for Minoring:

Options for Graduate Study:

 

Major in Philosophy

Philosophy majors must maintain a 2.00 (C grade) average overall and in the major. Additionally, they are required to complete 24 credits in philosophy beyond the 6 credits that satisfy core requirements, which includes:

  • Logic (PHL 206)
  • Two 300-level courses from the historical sequence:

Ancient Philosophy (PHL 320)
Early Modern Philosophy (PHL 330)
19th Century Philosophy (PHL 340)
20th Century Philosophy (PHL 350)

  • One 400-level seminar course:

Figures in Philosophy (PHL 411)
Issues in Philosophy (PHL 412)
Great Texts in Philosophy (PHL 413)

  • Capstone (PHL 490)
  • Three additional courses in philosophy, of which one must be 300-level or higher
  • 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
mshepherd@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 Government, Law, And National Security, Business, English, or Psychology. 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
mshepherd@misericordia.edu
570-674-6456

Major in Philosophy (Pre-DPT Specialization)

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
mshepherd@misericordia.edu
570-674-6456

Major in Philosophy (Pre-Law Specialization)

The pre-law specialization was developed in accordance with the Association of American Law Schools, which recommends that prospective law students have a broad liberal arts background. The program represents sound preparation for the Law School Admission Test and the graduate study of law.

The program has been carefully designed to develop ability in expression and analytical comprehension, to afford basic information about human institutions and values, and to cultivate the ability to think creatively and critically with thoroughness and independence.

Pre-law students must fulfill the general and specific requirements of the university and of the philosophy major for retention in the program and for recommendation to law school.

Pre-law students should register with the pre-law director, Brian F. Carso, JD, PhD, who can provide advice on course selection and information concerning the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and law schools.

For a suggested course of study, see the University Catalog here.

For information contact Dr. Melanie Shepherd at
mshepherd@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 (either PHL 100 or PHL 151), the student minoring in Philosophy may take any other 5 Philosophy courses of their choice, of which at least one must be at the 300 or 400-level. 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.

See Philosophy Course Descriptions.

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

Minor in Ethics

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
mshepherd@misericordia.edu
570-674-6456

BA in Philosophy / MS in Organizational Management

The five-year Philosophy B.A. / Organizational Management M.S. program allows students to tailor the philosophy major to their future professional interests in management. Constructed in conjunction with the Business department, this program allows students to complete a B.A. in philosophy and an M.S. in organizational management over a five-year course of study (completing the remaining 24 credits of coursework for the M.S. typically requires enrollment in the summer, fall and spring immediately following the conferral of the bachelor’s degree).

Students are guaranteed admission to the M.S. program in Organizational Management as long as (1) they maintain a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA; (2) maintain a 3.0 GPA in OM core classes; and (3) complete their B.A. degree in philosophy as scheduled. Students must submit an application to the program in their junior year, and must have saved 12 credits of free elective credit which will be taken in OM courses as described in the University Catalog.

 

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

 

BA to MA in Philosophy at Mary Immaculate College

 

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. 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.

To find out more about the Department of Philosophy at MIC, click here.

 

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

 

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