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About the Philosophy Department

Mission Statement

The Philosophy Program promotes academic excellence by providing the highest quality teaching and scholarship in philosophy. It is focused on equipping students with core knowledge and skills, while acquainting them with the range and diversity of traditions and orientations in philosophy. The program is committed to the relevance of its efforts, promoting meaningful institutional, professional, and community service, while emphasizing teaching and research attentive to the application of philosophical knowledge and skills. The philosophy program is dedicated to regular and ongoing scrutiny of all its efforts in teaching, research, and service. Informed by these commitments, the Department of Philosophy seeks to assist its multiple constituencies in appreciating the great intellectual conversations, in clarifying unexamined assumptions, in evaluating the ideas and norms that motivate intellectual inquiry, and in participating intelligently and responsibly in public debates.

Student Learning Outcomes

UNF Philosophy graduates should be able to:


Content/Disciplinary Knowledge & Skills

  • Explicate the key terms, concepts, and ideas in the discipline of philosophy.
  • Articulate the main historical developments in the tradition and/or methods used in the discipline of philosophy.

Critical Thinking Skills

  • Develop arguments that are well reasoned, fallacy-free, with conclusions properly following from premises.
  • Reconstruct and evaluate arguments and ideas, and recognizing forms of fallacious, invalid, and unsound reasoning.
  • Interpret complex texts in a systematic and critical manner.

Communication Skills

  • Write in a reasoned, persuasive, and argumentatively effective manner.
  • Employ the verbal skills needed both for individual presentations and participation in group discussions.

The UNF Philosophy Department offers courses and programs in philosophy:


  • toward the Major in Philosophy (since 1991),
  • toward several minors,
  • in support of UNF's General Education program (for which we offer three courses: Introduction to Philosophy, Contemporary Ethical Issues, and Reasoning and Critical Thinking),
  • in support of programs throughout the University (such as Criminal Justice, Educational Leadership, Health, Honors, Political Science, and Business Administration), and
  • for students who seek elective courses in philosophy.

The Philosophy Department currently has (in a comprehensive state university of about 16,000 students):

  • Seven tenured or tenure-line,
  • Approximately 60 Philosophy Majors,
  • Approximately 50 Philosophy courses listed in the UNF Undergraduate Catalog

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