Why Study Philosophy at IU Southeast?

As the oldest and most foundational academic discipline, Philosophy is universally applicable and interdisciplinary by nature, and therefore serves as an excellent major, minor, or second major in conjunction with another discipline. Through the guided study of classic and contemporary philosophical texts, thinkers, and traditions, students hone their critical and analytical thinking skills, deepen their capacity for reasoning about ethical principles and moral problems, improve both their written and oral communication skills, and cultivate an openness to new ideas.

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What is Philosophy?

When Socrates exclaimed to his incredulous accusers, “I know you won't believe me, but I truly believe the highest human excellence is to question oneself and others,” he captured the spirit of all philosophical effort. Although philosophy has undergone profound changes since his time, it still seeks to come to terms with the questions and issues provoked by every phase of life, and it produces arguments and accounts bearing on every subject worthy of disciplined reflection.

Philosophy addresses questions like:

  • Are there limits to what we can know?
  • Can we know by reason that there is or is not a God?
  • Why should we be moral?
  • What is the best model for government and social organization?
  • Are our thoughts and actions free or are they determined by prior events?
  • Can anything be known?

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Requirements for Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy

In addition to meeting the Graduation Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree listed in the Indiana University Southeast Bulletin, those majoring in philosophy must meet the requirements listed below.

The major in philosophy at IU Southeast has two tracks:

General Education Component for both tracks:

(Note: This is not a re-statement of the University’s General Education Requirement but a list of specific General Education courses which are also requirements or pre-requisites for course work in the school/major.)

Department Course # Description Credit Hours Minimum Grade
PHIL-P 100 Introduction to Philoosophy 3 C-
PHIL-P 140 Introduction to Ethics 3 C-
PHIL-P 150 Elementary Logic 3 C-
PHIL-P 170 Introduction to Asian Philosophy 3 C-

Minor in Philosophy

By completing 15 credit hours in philosophy, including 3 credit hours in logic and 9 credit hours at the 200 level or above, students can receive a minor in philosophy. Minoring in philosophy offers students working toward another major the opportunity to expand their studies and inform their work in other disciplines. It gives students a chance to address some of the ethical questions that will undoubtedly arise within the context of their chosen field, as well as to gain a stronger grasp of the philosophical and historical elements that contribute to the foundations of their discipline. In addition, minoring in philosophy helps the student to sharpen his or her analytic skills and to achieve a greater cultural awareness.

Visit the IU Southeast bulletin webpage for requirements needed to minor in philiosophy

Academic advisors help students understand degree requirements, but students alone are responsible for fulfilling those requirements. Students may access their transcript via the Internet at https://onestart.iu.edu. Advising is required in Arts & Letters, so you should contact your advisor early to make a specific appointment well in advance of registration dates.

General advising in the School of Arts & Letters

Gregory RobertsGregory Roberts
School of Arts and Letters (A&L)
Office: Knobview Hall 110
Phone: (812) 941-2342


Advising in Philosophy

Bryan HallBryan Hall
Coordinator of Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Humanities
Office: KV 200 F
Phone: (812) 941-2382
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Given the intellectual rigor and richness of a degree in Philosophy, our majors and minors are well prepared to pursue further study and training in graduate programs, or to succeed in a variety of career paths. A few examples of the professions pursued by our students include:

  • Lawyer
  • International Peace Corps worker
  • Entrepreneur
  • Social Service Administrator
  • Teacher
  • Librarian
  • Pastor
  • Bookstore manager
  • Journalist
  • Editor

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Resident

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James Barry
Professor of Philosophy
jjbarry@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2225
Office Location: KV 200 J
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Bryan Hall
Associate Professor of Philosophy
hallbw@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2382
Office Location: KV 200 F
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George Harvey
Associate Professor of Philosophy
whgeorge@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2110
Office Location: KV 200 H
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Leigh Viner
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy
Coordinator of Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Humanities
vviner@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2109
Office Location: KV 200 G
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Adjunct

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Brian Barnes
Adjunct Lecturer, Philosophy
bgbarnes@ius.edu
Office Location: KV 110
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Norman Brian Cubbage
Adjunct Lecturer, Philosophy and Religious Studies
ncubbage@ius.edu
Office Location: KV 225
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Travis Derico
Adjunct Lecturer in Religion Studies
tmderico@ius.edu
Office Location: KV 110
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Mary Ann Edwardsen
Adjunct Lecturer, Philosophy and Religious Studies
maaedwar@ius.edu
Office Location: KV 110
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Michael Hagan
Adjunct Lecturer, Philosophy
michagan@ius.edu
Office Location: KV 110
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Rev. Thicht Hang-Dat
Adjunct Faculty
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Thomas V. Kennedy
Adjunct Lecturer, Philosophy
tvkenned@ius.edu
Office Location: KV 110
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Monica Krupinski
Adjunct Lecturer
monikrup@ius.edu
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Mark Kuhn
Adjunct Lecturer, Philosophy
markuhn@ius.edu
Office Location: KV 110
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Joshua Mills-Knutsen
Adjunct Lecturer
jmillskn@ius.edu
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Beth Rosdatter
Adjunct Lecturer
prosdatt@ius.edu
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George Shields
Adjunct Lecturer, Philosophy
geshield@ius.edu
Office Location: KV 110
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Robert S. Urekew
Adjunct Lecturer, Philosophy and Religious Studies
rurekew@ius.edu
Office Location: KV 110
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Emeritus

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William D. Rumsey
Professor Emeritus
wrumsey@ius.edu
Phone: (502) 895-8414
Office Location: 200J
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Guidelines for Writing Philosophy Papers

As we stress in our discussion of the goals of the IU Southeast philosophy program, philosophy aims to develop creative and independent thinking on a variety of complex and difficult problems. There are distinctive benefits to be gained from organizing one's thoughts on a specific problem clearly and carefully in a form in which they can be examined critically by others. So we place considerable emphasis upon the presentation of written material.

Essays and reports are thought of not merely as a means of mastering assigned material, although in a new subject there will necessarily be some element of this, but as an opportunity for reflection upon the questions raised by the subject matter of the course. Students are encouraged to think seriously about these questions, so that they may make their own contribution to the subject from the start.

Many students who are relatively unfamiliar with the study of philosophy have found, at least initially, that written assignments present certain difficulties. The notes that follow provide some guidance for those who may be uncertain as to what is expected of them. They should not be regarded as cannonical. They do not prescribe any one method of working on assignments as the correct one, nor are they intended to cramp individual style. Experienced students may prefer to disregard them entirely.

It is hoped, however, that most will find some of the suggestions helpful in improving their grasp of the discipline no less than in meeting the formal requirements of a course. They are based upon experience of what makes for fruitful discussion, and of the problems commonly encountered by those for whom philosophy in a new subject. They are offered with the special requirements of philosophy in view, although they have some application to academic reporting generally.

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy contains entries on a wide variety of philosophical topics written by well-respected contemporary philosophers.

The IU Southeast Library System

The IU Southeast Library System has recently acquired a license for students and faculty to use "The Philosopher's Index". This is the main subject and author index to articles, anthologies, books, and reviews in the Philosophical world. In addition, the library has a subscription of the Oxford English Dictionary. Both are available through the link above.

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