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Curriculum

The MAPR program in philosophy is designed primarily for Jesuit scholastics, although it is open to others who seek to enhance their philosophical knowledge but do not satisfy the stand-alone MA program’s entrance requirement of 24 undergraduate credits in philosophy.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the MAPR, students will be able to:

  • Analyze and evaluate primary texts in philosophy
  • Identify, evaluate, and formulate philosophical arguments
  • Exhibit familiarity with major texts, themes and authors in the history of philosophy
  • Engage in philosophical conversations and recognize philosophical ideas in those conversations
  • Personally consider the philosophical ideas studied in the program leading to a balanced, comprehensive, integrated and coherent synthesis of them

Requirements

36 hours of course work in philosophy (12 courses), including:

  • Introductory Seminar;
  • Four author courses (Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas);
  • Two ethics courses (Natural Law Ethics and Normative Ethical Theory);
  • Four electives in modern and contemporary philosophy; and
  • Integration Seminar.

A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 in coursework. Only six credits of 2.0 (C) will be credited toward the degree. Twelves credits of C eliminate a student from the program.

The Integration Seminar includes a requirement for a paper that integrates the work done in two courses taken in the program.