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  • Local: n/a
  • Foreign: $ 16.3k / Semester
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 15 2월 2016

    February 15, 2015

    Description

    What is the true nature of right and wrong? What is justice? Which beliefs, values, and experiences sustain meaningful, fulfilling existence? What are the principles of critical thinking and argumentation that help us address these questions?

    The Department of Philosophy offers a variety of courses from logic to philosophy of art, from existentialism to environmental ethics, from feminism to philosophy of race and gender. We also feature courses outside the western tradition, including Chinese philosophy, Buddhism, African philosophy, and Native American religion. In the advanced seminars students delve into the works of the great philosophers -- Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Heidegger, Wittgenstein and others.

    Service learning courses, internships, and study tours enhance our students’ academic experience, bringing together theory and practice. Our students’ careers culminate in the Senior Symposium, a banquet where the graduating class presents their work to faculty and alumni in an atmosphere of celebration.

    Preparing for a Career

    Every career requires logic, critical thinking, reasoning, and sharp analytical skills. Philosophy is at the heart of these concepts. Our graduates have launched careers in journalism, politics, academia, research, medicine, and law. The major also offers a robust foundation for graduate work. Top speakers visit campus regularly to discuss philosophical issues as they relate to current events, and these talks are a key way to apply your knowledge to the real world. Human rights pioneer Dr. Shrin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize winner, was recently one of our distinguished visiting scholars.

    Suffolk is also home to a branch of Phi Sigma Tau, the National Honor Society for Philosophy.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline February 15, 2015 Tuition fee
    • USD 16265 Semester (National)

    Full-time: 12-17 credits per semester $16,265

    Start date 2016 Credits 126 credits
    Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

    Course Content

    Students must complete a minimum of 126 credits for graduation.

    Major Requirements: 9 courses, 36 credits

    All majors in philosophy, Bachelors of Arts as well as Bachelors of Science, with the exception of those in the applied ethics concentration, are required to take the following.

    Core Courses (6 courses, 24 credits):

    • PHIL-210 History of Ancient & Medieval Philosophy

      Credits:

      4.00

      Description:

      The study of philosophical thought from the period of the ancient Greek philosophers through the Medieval thinkers, including such philosophers as Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Zeno, Parmenides, Pythagoras, Protagoras, Augustine, Aquinas, Anselm, and Abelard. An introductory course designed to equip the student with a well grounded understanding and appreciation of Philosophy. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every year.

      Term:

      Offered Fall Term

      Type:

      Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement

    • PHIL-211 History of Modern Philosophy

      Credits:

      4.00

      Description:

      A study of the prominent modern thinkers, such as Descartes, Leibniz, Spinoza, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Kant. The course is an historical survey of the key concepts, problems and developments in modern philosophy including rationalism, empiricism, and skepticism. The following themes central to Modern philosophy will be addressed: the nature of reality; the limits of human knowledge; self and self-identity; mind and body; freedom in theory and practice; reason vs. sentiment in ethics. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every year.

      Term:

      Offered Spring Term

      Type:

      Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement

    • PHIL-515 Senior Symposium

      Prerequisites:

      Prerequisite: PHIL 210 and 211 and consent of instructor.

      Credits:

      4.00

      Description:

      This is a required course for all students in the major, to be taken in the Spring Semester of their senior year. Students will prepare a portfolio of their previous coursework, collaborate with the faculty symposium leader on a selection of texts to read in common with other seniors, and prepare one paper for delivery at the Senior Symposium, usually held in late April. Students seeking Honors in Philosophy must take this course to complete the senior thesis. PHIL 210 and 211 and consent of instructor. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered Spring Semester every year.

      Term:

      Offered Spring Term

    Choose 1 course at the 400-level

    Choose one of the following courses:

    • PHIL-113 Critical Thinking and Argumentation

      Credits:

      4.00

      Description:

      An introduction to non-formal methods of analyzing and formulating arguments, including treatment of such concepts/topics as: the nature of argument, induction, deduction, validity, soundness, aspects of language which tend to interfere with logical thought, definition, role of emotion, types of disagreement, and fallacies. The course also emphasizes the practical application of sound reasoning in both evaluating arguments and making arguments of one's own about matters of issues facing society. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every year.

      Term:

      Offered Both Fall and Spring

      Type:

      Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement

    • PHIL-212 Formal Logic

      Credits:

      4.00

      Description:

      An introduction to formal (or semi-formal) study of the basic types of deductive arguments (propositional and syllogistic logic). 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every year.

      Term:

      Occasional

      Type:

      Quantitative Reasoning

    Choose one of the following courses:

    • PHIL-119 Ethics

      Credits:

      4.00

      Description:

      A systematic introduction to the major thinkers and their positions on the main issues of ethics, such as: What is morality? What are moral values? How should we live our lives? Are there objective, universal, absolute moral standards? If so, what are they, and what is their basis? 1 term - credits. Normally offered every year.

      Term:

      Offered Both Fall and Spring

    • PHIL-123 Social Ethics: The Good Life

      Credits:

      4.00

      Description:

      An examination of contemporary Western society, particularly in the United States, in relation to philosophical attempts to define the good life. Current books that exhibit a philosophical approach towards important contemporary social issues will be discussed, as well as classics in philosophy. Topics may include: civic virtue, consumerism, current events, economic justice, popular culture (film, music, television), religion and secularism, etc. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every year.

      Term:

      Offered Both Fall and Spring

    • PHIL-127 Contemporary Moral Issues

      Credits:

      4.00

      Description:

      A critical examination of a number of contemporary moral issues such as: abortion, affirmative action, animal rights, capital punishment, cloning, drug legalization, environmental ethics, euthanasia, genetic engineering, gun control, pornography, same-sex marriage, suicide, war and terrorism, etc. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every year.

      Term:

      Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Elective Courses (3 courses, 12 credits)

    Students are required to take 3 additional courses selected with the help of an advisor. At least 1 of these additional courses should be at the 200-level or higher and 1 should be at the 300-level or higher. A detailed program suited to the needs of the individual student will be developed for each Philosophy major.

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    English Language Requirements

    TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test : 77

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

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    Requirements

    We do not use specific minimums for scores or grades in the decision process, but weigh all factors together to gain a whole view of you and your potential for success as a Suffolk University student:

    • Level and range of high school courses selected
    • Grades achieved (official high school transcript with senior year grades)
    • SAT or ACT scores (our code is 3771)
    • Recommendations (two required; one from a guidance counselor, one from a teacher)
    • The essay
    • Other required forms
    • Admission interview (optional)
    • Transfer students should view the transfer requirements page for more details.

    In high school, you should have completed:

    • Four units of English
    • Three units of mathematics (algebra I and II and geometry)
    • Two units of science (at least one with a lab)
    • Two units of language
    • One unit of American history
    • Four units distributed among other college preparatory electives

    We may also consider other factors in the review process, such as:

    • Class rank
    • Honors courses
    • AP courses

    We are also very interested in personal qualities that will offer us further insights into you as an applicant, including:

    • Admission interview
    • Extracurricular involvement
    • Community service
    • Special interests

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