Valedictorian Christine Muraco '17, Commencement Speaker Evelyn Wolfe, Interim President Timothy Houlihan and the Winter Commencement Class of 2017 made for an amazing day January 9, 2017 as they rang in the new year with almost 100 new graduates of St. Francis College.
Understanding Who We Are and the World We Share
Answering our biggest questions isn’t easy. Philosophy is what happens when we take such questions seriously.
The Philosophy Department at St. Francis College takes up this challenge. Students are asked to address fundamental questions confronting human beings in the historical record and today.
The Department prides itself on its prestigious, decades-old history, its outstanding faculty and their challenging courses.
- Develop the aim of inquiring minds;
- Foster a spirit of historical sensitivity, sympathy and wonder;
- Guide the pursuit of truth in a rational way;
- Sharpen intellectual ability; and
- Formulate principles for considered, meaningful action in service of self-constitution.
Students receive a sound foundation for graduate study in philosophy but also in medicine, law, literature, history and theology, indeed in any field or profession that demands developed analytical skills and promotes human transformation.
Philip Marshall ’09 shares how a degree in Philosophy can make all the difference:
“My job search finally paid off two months ago after an extensive two-month interview process.... I think you will be happy to know that my company was very impressed that I have a philosophy degree. One of the well-respected managers who conducted my initial interview was a philosophy major in college as well. He asked me during my first interview how philosophy would inform my approach to work in the industry. It felt so good to be able to talk freely about how a philosophical approach to reality informs me.”
The program provides a sound foundation for graduate study in philosophy and for training in any field demanding developed analytical skills. Its purpose is to make available for students the methods, instruments and sources needed to help them develop their intellectual lives. Only insofar as students achieve this has the College succeeded in its goal as a liberal arts college, namely, to form minds capable of responsible self-determination.
It is with great sorrow that St. Francis College announces the passing of President Brendan J. Dugan, a graduate of the College class of 1968 on December 18, 2016. He was 69.
St. Francis College welcomed author Tom McDonough for a talk about Catholic activist Dorothy Day, founder of The Catholic Worker newspaper, on November 11, 2016.
St. Francis College proudly launched a new honor society chapter on campus, Alpha Lambda Delta, on November 11, with the induction of more than 100 students who achieved academic excellence in their freshmen year at the College.
St. Francis College welcomed Sr. Kathleen Moffatt, OSF from the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for an Introduction to the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition on October 6, 2016.
St. Francis College proudly sponsored an Interfaith Panel Discussion on Mercy on October 5, 2016, featuring Ms. Imam Boukadoum (Director of Community Partnerships at the Interfaith Center of New York), Fr. Joel Warden, c.o., Ph.D. (Pastor of the Oratory Church of St. Boniface and Administrator of the Church of the Assumption in Brooklyn, New York), and Rabbi Joseph Potasnik (Executive Vice President of the New York Board of Rabbis).
- To promote in students an understanding of the nature, purpose and importance of the philosophical enterprise by inviting them to engage in it personally by raising and working to answer philosophical questions of their own.
- To respect reason as a definitive human characteristic and the truth as its primary pursuit. Students will sharpen their ability to think critically, to consider issues from multiple perspectives and in depth, to relate parts to wholes. The program emphasizes the value of critical thinking as the best way to distinguish what is worth doing and what is not.
- To address a selection of the major philosophical questions, which are none other than the fundamental questions confronting human beings as such, through a historical study of the views of philosophers. Learning how to read a primary text from the history of philosophy, and to derive nourishment from it, constitutes an essential goal of the program.