The Philosophy and Religion (PHIL) program draws on traditions of thought from around the world. Its strength lies in its ability to bring diverse traditions to bear on philosophical and religious questions as well as contemporary ethical, social, and political issues. The program offers courses that are designed to help students think critically about fundamental values and their application to society. Program courses are open to students of any major as well as those who want to make Philosophy and Religion their major or minor. The program also offers a Legal Studies Concentration for Philosophy majors, and a concentration for majors interested in and dedicated to pursuing graduate work in philosophy.
The study of Philosophy and Religion is the ability to critically engage ideas, theories, faiths, and forms of life so that key values, histories, and intellectual processes may be understood and reflected upon systematically. Philosophy and Religion represents key disciplines where the search for values, rituals, logic, and interpretation emerge, and where their application to lives has found a focus on the questions of the human quest for meaning and structure.
The Philosophy and Religion program at Stockton University is a place to come for an excellent education owing to the unique, dynamic, and diverse areas of specialty and experiences that its members create. The courses offered by program members, both in Philosophy and Religion, and in General Studies, provide inspiring opportunities for undergraduates who want to acquire a broad humanistic background, who wish to pursue further study in philosophy and religion, or who are heading toward other professional careers.
The Philosophy and Religion program offers courses beginning at the introductory level on the leading ideas, values, techniques, and history of philosophy and religion, as well as intermediate and upper-level courses of a more intense nature. Each faculty member also offers a Senior Seminar (the capstone course) as well as specialty courses, and independent studies. The program offers a major and a minor in Philosophy and Religion, and is also designed to serve non-majors.
For a well-rounded and properly sequenced course of study, and to secure the best of all possible career areas of interest, students majoring in Philosophy and Religion are advised by faculty members. Program faculty may also assist those students who wish to combine a major in philosophy with another major, such as psychology, history, literature and Hellenic Studies. The program also offers concentrations for majors interested in pursuing their graduate work in philosophy or legal studies.
ADMISSION TO THE PROGRAM
The program is open to any Stockton student with an interest in philosophy and religion. Prospective students in the Philosophy and Religion program must meet the same standards as students in any of the arts and sciences. They should have some general familiarity with science and some acquaintance with social, cultural, and intellectual history. They should be able to read with understanding and express themselves with clarity in both written and spoken formats. To help with the art and technique of research and writing, the Philosophy and Religion program offers the course PHIL 3615 “Philosophical Methods.”
The study of philosophy fosters skills of textual analyis, argumentation, thinking, historical consciousness, writing, and conceptual synthesis. Thus it provides a solid background for the achievement of excellence in all professions. With its emphasis on the study of personal and social values, it promotes thoughtful and compassionate conduct in the workplace. While some philosophy majors choose to attend graduate school to become professional philosophers, teachers, theologians or ministers, others use their Philosophy background as preparation for a career in law, medicine, government, social services, nonprofit organizations, and business.