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College of Liberal Arts introduces philosophy minor

October 26, 2017

 

Terry Pittman Jr.

Staff Reporter | tjp005@ latech.edu

 

The College of Liberal Arts and School of History and Social Sciences is now offering students the opportunity to minor in philosophy.

 

The philosophy minor explores both contemporary and historical aspects of philosophy. Philosophy classes have been proven to improve a student’s critical thinking and reasoning skills, so even if a student takes a philosophy class as an elective they will still be able to take something away from the class.

 

“The classes will complement any student within any major,” Joe Koskie said.

 

Koskie, a Ruston native and Louisiana Tech alumnus, said he is excited about this new curriculum being brought to Tech. After receiving his undergraduate degree in history, he obtained his master’s through Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, and received his doctoral degree through Brunel University in London.

 

“We want the minor to be accessible to as many students as possible so we included other majors within the curriculum,” Koskie said.

 

The curriculum accepts credits from higher level political science and sociology classes and administration is hoping to open it to more.

 

“We’re taking it one step at a time,” Koskie said. “Faculty and students have accepted it well, people are excited and I believe now is the right time to have philosophy at Tech.”

 

Koskie is hoping to work with various student organizations so current and prospective students alike will know about this new opportunity.

 

“I really wish that we would have had philosophy while I was at Tech,” Koskie said. “The most important thing to me is using this new minor to serve the university in any way possible.”

 

Koskie said philosophy classes will allow student to practice inductive reasoning and looking at problem from several perspectives to develop the best solution. He said since it is more common for young adults to make decisions off of impulse, this process of critical thinking and reasoning can be carried out of the classroom allowing students to make better life choices.

 

“Plato says philosophy begins in wonder, attempting to figure out life puzzles such as birth and death, right and wrong or even falling in love,” Koskie said. “With philosophy we are able to turn that wonder into analysis.”

 

Koskie believes philosophy is for anyone who wants to know themselves, those around them and their environment more.

 

“If you want to grow in thoughtfulness, think wisdom is worthwhile or want to understand the nature of the human mind better than philosophy is for you,” Koskie said.

 

As advising time approaches, Koskie encourages students interested in taking any of the philosophy classes make sure to discuss it with your advisor. The majority of the higher level classes have no prerequisite, but it is encouraged to take Intro to Philosophy so some foundation can be laid. Questions can be directed to sjkoskie@latech.edu.

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