Philosophy

Mission Statement
The mission of the Vincennes University Philosophy program is to produce students who can critically think about civic, ethical, religious, and philosophical beliefs and values in order to fully engage in “the examined life.”  Through coursework and activities, students will develop the knowledge, vision, and analytical skills needed to prepare for various liberal arts fields; to satisfy general education requirements; to complete an A.A. degree in Liberal Arts with a Philosophy concentration; or to transfer to a four-year program in philosophy or religious studies.

Program Learning Outcomes
Students who complete course work in the Philosophy program will be able to:

  • apply basic philosophical vocabulary in speaking and writing.
  • understand major questions and issues addressed in each of the main branches of philosophy and religious studies.
  • identify major philosophers.
  • compare various philosophical and religious schools of thought with which they are associated.
  • construct an argument.
  • interpret a philosophical text(s) by appropriately using textual support and analysis.
  • articulate a personal position on an influential philosopher or theoretical perspective on a significant question in the history of philosophy or religion.