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'The Thinker' representing the Philosophy Degree at Curry CollegeAre you constantly seeking answers to life's mysteries? Always questioning assumptions and norms? Wanting to get beneath the surface, to explore deeper issues? Yearn for an intellectual challenge? Then you should consider a Philosophy degree from Curry College.

At Curry College, we emphasize the importance of action, not just abstract thinking. Many of our courses are concerned explicitly with ethics in a number of different contexts, but every course will help you with the fundamental question: "What should I do?"

You will have the opportunity to explore and integrate both philosophical and religious interests into your class work. The two are not identical, but complementary ways of asking "the big questions."

Course Requirements and Information

Twenty-seven credits (nine courses, 3 credits each) in philosophy, distributed as follows:

At least three courses in the area of history of philosophical traditions, including at least one course from Eastern and at least one from Western traditions, selected from the following list:

PRS 2100 Beginnings of Philosophy
PRS 2110 Modern Philosophy
PRS 2120 The Meaning of Life
PRS 2130 Philosophies of Creativity and Process
PRS 2150 Eastern Religion and Philosophy
PRS 2160 Introduction to Buddhism
PRS 2170 Chinese Philosophy
PRS 3100 Social and Political Philosophy


At least one course in the area of critical thinking:

PRS 2200 Fundamentals of Logic
PRS 2210 Ethics
PRS 2220 Philosophy of Religion
PRS 2230 Philosophy in Pop Culture
PRS 2240 TheWalking Dead as an Introduction to Philosophy
PRS 3200 Problems in Philosophy and Religious Studies


At least one course in the area of self-discovery and personal development:

PRS 2300 Search for Self
PRS 2310 Spiritual Journey
PRS 2320 Life, Death, and Philosophy
PRS 2330 Myth of the Hero


At least one course in the area of contemporary application:

PRS 2400 Ethics of War and Peace
PRS 2410 Environmental Ethics
PRS 2420 Ethics for Nurses/Health Care Professionals
PRS 2430 Religion and Science
PRS 2440 Religion and Ecology
PRS 2450 Religion and Politics
  • Capstone (PRS 3980 - may be repeated once as an elective)
  • Two additional PRS electives from the lists above (6 credits)

Courses taken to fulfill the General Education Curriculum are excluded from courses taken for the major. The student must maintain an average of C or above in all PRS courses taken for the major.

Choose 12 credits from the list of Philosophy major requirements (see accordion above), including at least two courses from the area of history of philosophical traditions. Courses taken to fulfill the General Education requirements are excluded from courses taken for the minor.

Note that a minor in Religious Studies is also offered.

The Curry philosophy and religion programs have much in common. It is possible for a student to combine them, either in an individually initiated major or in a philosophy major that includes a significant number of religion courses in the related areas as part of the major.

1.  Self-discovery and personal development

  • Students learn to identify their own values, loyalties, and virtues, as well as those values and loyalties that they can tolerate, and those that they reject.
  • Students reflect on their own habits of thought (metacognition).

2.  Critical thinking

  • Students can express and evaluate ethical and philosophical arguments, recognize any logical fallacies, and find the pragmatic outcomes of those arguments.
  • Students can criticize "conventional wisdom" (including their own) using skills of independent judgment.

3.  Historical awareness of philosophical and religious traditions

  • Students demonstrate their ability to read and interpret difficult texts (philosophical, religious, biblical) in their historical context.
  • Students demonstrate a basic knowledge of several world traditions (philosophical and/or religious).
  • Students can trace the roots of contemporary ideas, as well as the influences that have caused those ideas to change and develop.

4.  Contemporary application

  • Students examine ethical issues as "respons-ible" adults, able to respond for themselves without blaming others.

Students grasp religious, philosophical, and ethical traditions deeply enough to be able to express them in new ways in a changing world.

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