Dr. Steven Gable, Associate Professor of Philosophy (program chair)


Philosophy explores the ideas, values, principles, and arguments through which we shape our lives and our learning. The study of philosophy engages students in living the examined life and in developing intellectual abilities important for life as a whole beyond the knowledge and skills required for any particular profession. It supports graduate studies in philosophy as well as certain professions, like law, the ministry, and government service. Philosophy also  complements other interests, such as literature, political science, sociology, and education. It develops the analytical, critical, and interpretive capacities needed to pursue other disciplines and to engage with life in general. It develops discipline and motivation to confront problems for which there are no easy answers. A strong education in philosophy thus enhances the human capacity to respond wisely and prudently to the challenges of personal, professional, and public life.

Trinity’s mission as a Catholic university committed to the empowerment of women and to the advancement of social justice calls for an in-depth analysis of the ways in which philosophical ideas both contribute to and militate against the human flourishing of people of all genders, races, classes, and ethnic groups. The Philosophy Program offers the opportunity for such analysis.

The Philosophy Program supports Trinity’s general education curriculum with its emphasis on the interdisciplinary nature of human knowledge. The courses offered emphasize the foundational assumptions of the traditional disciplines and examine the ways in which these assumptions are interrelated.

The Philosophy Program also supports  the College’s majors and allows for students to construct an individualized or interdisciplinary major.

Minor Requirements

The minor requires the completion of ANY six philosophy courses (18 credits).

 Program Policies

CLEP Policy:
Credits earned through CLEP examinations do not fulfill requirements of the philosophy minor.

Grades in Minor Courses:
Students are required to earn a grade of ‘C’ (2.0) or better in all courses counted to fulfill requirements for the minor.

Pass/No Pass:
With the exception of practica and internships, courses fulfilling minor requirements may not be taken pass/no pass.

Study Abroad:
Students may meet minor requirements with courses taken during their study abroad.

TELL Policy:
The Philosophy Program supports and encourages the College’s TELL Policy. Students applying for experiential learning credits should consult with the program faculty.

Transfer Credits:
Transfer credit from appropriately accredited institutions of higher learning may be counted for minor requirements (subject to program review and approval). Associations recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHEA) confer appropriate accreditation; these associations include but are not limited to regional accreditors.

Course Descriptions

PHIL 150 Critical Reasoning and Oral Argumentation
PHIL 211 Ancient Philosophy
PHIL 226
PHIL 227 Truth, Information, and (Dis)Information
PHIL 231 Current Issues in Social and Political Philosophy
PHIL 235 Philosophy of Religion
PHIL 237 Women and Philosophy
PHIL 241 Introduction to Theoretical Ethics
PHIL 245 Ethics I
PHIL 251 Bioethics
PHIL 253 Business and Professional Ethics
PHIL 260 Ethics of International Conflict & Peacemaking
PHIL 341 Moral Psychology
PHIL 353 Business Ethics: Corporate Social Responsibility
PHIL 491 Internship
PHIL 498 Independent Study