2017-2018 Catalog 
    Jul 15, 2018  
2017-2018 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Professors K. Corcoran, R. De Young, L. Hardy, D. Hoekema, G. Mellema (chair), J. Smith (Gary & Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology and Worldview), K. Timpe (William Henry Jellema Chair in Christian Philosophy), C. Van Dyke
Associate Professor M. Halteman
Assistant Professor D. Billings

The department offers a major concentration appropriate for pursuing philosophy at the graduate level and also for careers in various professions including higher education, law, the ministry, information technology, and government service. The core course in philosophy provides an essential foundation for Christian liberal arts education. Intermediate-level courses in a wide range of areas offer all students regardless of their field of study the opportunity for further exploration of basic issues of morality, science, gender, law, health care, and politics.


Students wishing to graduate with honors in philosophy must complete six honors courses overall, including two philosophy honors courses with a grade of B or higher, at least one at the 300-level. They must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 and a minimum GPA in the philosophy major of 3.0, and they must successfully submit and present an honors paper.


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      Philosophy: Elementary CoursesPhilosophy: Intermediate Historical Courses

      All intermediate courses presuppose completion of PHIL 153 .

      Philosophy: Intermediate Systematic Courses

      All intermediate courses presuppose completion of PHIL 153  .

      Students may take PHIL 201 , PHIL 202 , PHIL 203 , PHIL 204 , PHIL 205 , PHIL 207 , PHIL 208 , PHIL 212 , PHIL 215 for core credit in integrative studies.

      Students may take PHIL 211  to fulfill Persons in Community core requirement.

      Philosophy: Advanced Historical Courses

      All advanced courses presuppose two or more philosophy courses, or one philosophy course plus junior or senior standing.

      Philosophy: Advanced Systematic Courses

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