Regis College’s Philosophy department offers a curriculum of study fostering exploration in ethics, social-political philosophy, and the history of philosophy. Our department’s work is deeply rooted in Regis’s mission and vision, and we see philosophy as primarily concerned with the question at the heart of Jesuit education: “How ought we to live?” From introductory courses to advanced majors seminars, students in Philosophy courses at Regis learn how to read difficult texts deeply and critically, how philosophy informs their engagement with the world, and how philosophy might be used as a tool in service of responding to injustice and suffering where it appears. Our unique approach is also evidenced in the department’s contribution to the broader curriculum of Regis College, and our commitment to supporting student excellence both in and out of the classroom.
Contributions to Regis's Core Curriculum
The Philosophy department serves students by offering courses in the Foundational Core, the Integrative Core, and other academic programs in the College. Our commitment to Ignatian principles animates the construction of courses and their delivery in the broad arc of a student’s academic experience at Regis.
The department contributes to the Foundational Core for first-year students. Our faculty teach both the “Writing Analytically” course in the fall semester, and paired sections of Philosophical Explorations (our introductory course) to small cohorts in the spring semester.
The department also develops courses for the Integrative Core for Regis College Juniors and Seniors. A sampling of recent course offerings include: Philosophy of Mental Health, Drugs and Society (Diversity); Globalization, Ecology, and Responsibility (Global Environmental Awareness); Liberation and the Dynamics of Transformation, Revolution and Resistance, Morality and Psychology of War, 1939, and Refugees-Resources-Resettlement (Justice and the Common Good); Love and Work, the Meaningful Athlete, The Science and Philosophy of the Mind, and Living Well, Living Rightly (The Search for Meaning). Each of these courses are linked to each faculty’s particular philosophical interests, but include engagement with broad bodies of literature, films, art, community-based and service learning, and insights of experts in relevant fields. A number of these courses are team-taught with faculty outside the Philosophy department.
The Philosophy department provides curricular support to the Regis College Pre-Law minor, the Regis College Honors program, and the Regis College Commitment program.
Regis En/Route Program
Faculty in the Philosophy department teach in and provide administrative support for the En/Route Program for first-year students. This program combines traditional classroom learning in the first year writing seminar (RCC 200) and second-semester communications-intensive philosophy course (PL 270C) with a year of service at a single community partner (activity for which students receive an additional credit hour). Students in this program serve and learn at Regis, as well as at community partners in northeast Denver and around Regis. Information about this program is available at http://enrouteregis.org