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Perspectives in Western Culture


This is a two-semester, twelve-credit course that fulfills all the Core requirements in Philosophy and Theology. The course will introduce students to the philosophical and religious heritage of the West through a study of the major thinkers who have formed Western cultural traditions. It will introduce students to the Judeo-Christian biblical texts and to the writings of such foundational thinkers as Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Bacon, Descartes, Hobbes, Locke, Kant, Hegel, and Kierkegaard. The purpose of the course is to encourage students to discover the sources of those values that have formed their lives in Western cultures as well as to develop a critical and creative perspective toward themselves and their future.

In certain designated sections (highlighted in the Schedule of Courses), your professor is also your academic advisor, and will meet with you regularly to discuss your program.