Philosophy

  • Program Overview

    Philosophy is the love and pursuit of wisdom. An essential part of a person’s education should be the serious and personal exploration of the “ultimate questions”—issues of human nature and human destiny, of how we should live, of the nature of the world around us, and of the being and nature of God on whom we are dependent for our existence. 

    Human beings cannot be satisfied with merely knowing the “what” of things happening around them; they want to understand the “why” of the human condition. In studying philosophy students not only experience major philosophers at work on these important human issues, but they also participate in this activity by developing their own skills for creative thinking, rational argument, and responsible judgment.

    Philosophy is studied for its own intrinsic value, since, as Socrates said, “the unexamined life is not worth living.” Nevertheless, the study of philosophy can also lead to successful careers as well. It is very suitable preparation for careers in law, journalism, government, politics, teaching, religion, and counseling. 

    Program Options

    • Bachelor of Arts
    • Philosophy Minor

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.