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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.
In a deeply personal address with anecdotes about his family and an exploration of the mission of college education in the modern day, St. Francis College President Miguel Martinez-Saenz laid out an ambitious plan setting the College on a path of growth and transformation.
The Class of 2018 is honored at Winter Commencement.
The words of poet Maya Angelou were the first ones uttered by President Miguel Martinez-Saenz to a standing room only crowd of prospective students and their parents at the St. Francis College Open House in October. They knew, right away, this new president was energized with new ways to engage and educate the entire college community.
Now a few months into his tenure as the 19th President in its 160 year history, St. Francis College is proud to announce a series of events celebrating the inauguration of President Miguel Martinez-Saenz.
New St. Francis President Miguel Martinez-Saenz began his talk on Hospitality October 5, with the spoken word piece Fish & Bread by Bryonn Bain as part of the 2017 St. Clare and St. Francis Week activities.
For 13 years Fr. Brian Jordan, Director of Campus Ministry at St. Francis College fought to keep an icon from 9/11, the Ground Zero Cross, in public view. Now, he's written a memoir which chronicles the journey.
- 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.