Hellenic College Launches Minor in Philosophy – Affiliates
Dr. Tone Svetelj, Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and Director of the New Philosophy Program at Hellenic College | Photo credit: Holy Cross Hellenic College
Hellenic College launches minor in philosophy
For the first time in fifty years of history, Hellenic College is offering an official minor in Philosophy starting this semester.
“Many students have requested the creation of such a minor, and under the leadership of our new vice president for academic affairs, we have been able to design this program quickly,” said Dr. Tone Svetelj, professor of philosophy and religious studies and director. of the new program. “As the world becomes a more complicated and confusing place, a rigorous treatment of fundamental questions about meaning and responsibility is essential for this next generation of adults.”
Through this minor, undergraduates grapple with mature questions about the nature of humanity while strengthening their analytical skills and deepening their understanding of themselves and the contemporary world. Students also gain persuasive and argumentative skills and a more sophisticated understanding of ethics, preparing them to meet the challenges of their careers and service to society.
The new Philosophy Minor consists of five elective three-credit courses in Philosophy offered at Hellenic College, selected from options such as Philosophy of Ancient Greece and Early Christianity, Moral Philosophy and Religion, Philosophy of Happiness, existentialism, critical thought, philosophy of Education, Literature and Ethics.
“While Hellenic College offers many Philosophy courses, we also have cross-enrollment agreements with Boston-area universities, so Hellenic undergraduates can find additional offerings there that will count towards this minor,” says Acting Dean Timothy Patitsas. “A philosophy minor makes any college major more serious and signals to others that you have thought deeply about the possible repercussions of our attempts to make the world a better place.”