The department of Philosophy and Religious Studies is primarily a service department that is committed to supporting the core curriculum and to contributing to close professional and collaborative relationships in the college community. It supports the core by providing core electives, by actively participating in learning communities, and by supporting service learning. It contributes to collaborative relationships by supporting programs (especially the Honors Program) and majors (especially in the Health Sciences).
Students will be able to:
- Identify ethical issues and distinguish them from other sorts of issues and other interpretive frameworks.
- Recognize the complexity of multiple ethical perspectives.
- Identify their own point of view, and the culture in which it developed, or family/religious/societal influences on their ethical perspective.
- Recognize other points of view and discuss them with empathy and respect.
- Offer a critique of a variety of different perspectives.
- Examine evidence in a thoughtful and informed way.
- Construct a well reasoned argument.