The Mission Statement of the Iona College Philosophy Department reads as follows:
The mission statement of the Philosophy Department is consistent with the college's mission statement,
both ideally and in practice. The Philosophy Department is comprised of dedicated teachers and scholars who are active
both in and out of the department, as well as beyond the boundaries of the campus: our members are involved in the
college core, elective courses, interdisciplinary courses, and the honors program; our members lecture on campus and
at professional conferences; our members have had books published and continue to publish their research in competitive
As to specific points of our mission, all the courses we teach entail both methodologically and substantively
the specific points of the college's mission. All undergraduates enroll in philosophy courses in order to fulfill
their core requirements. We offer both a major and minor in philosophy. Philosophy courses examine either directly
or indirectly the questions of ethics and ethical discourse; philosophers are typically characterized as paradigms
of independent thought and advocates of intellectual freedom; as to life long learners, in so far as philosophy
is a love of wisdom the traditional and current spirit of philosophy clearly implies a way of life rather than a
mere intellectual exercise.
- We offer a major in philosophy which fully prepares our students for graduate and professional studies. Our
minor offers a sound critical and ethical basis for any major offered at the college.
- The department is proficient in both traditional and technologically advanced pedagogical methods, and we assess
our students' progress by means of oral presentation, written examination, and research projects.
- Our students have the opportunity to explore the entire history of philosophy, as well as being exposed to a
full range of philosophical problems, i.e. the problems of metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, political theory,
- We challenge our students to interpret, evaluate, and criticize with argument and evidence the fundamental questions
of human life. Works of philosophy are among the most profound and difficult works in any college curriculum.
- Our faculty members are dedicated teachers and scholars who are active in and out of the classroom, as well
as beyond the boundaries of the campus. Our members regularly participate in academic conferences and publish
their scholarship in highly competitive professional journals.
- The Philosophy Department is noted for its participation in interdisciplinary courses and holds a particularly
strong place in the Honors Program.
- Philosophy as a love of wisdom is, by its very nature, committed to life long learning. The spirit of philosophy
at Iona College is clearly not merely an intellectual exercise. Philosophy students are continually reminded that
learning does not stop at the end of class or at the end of a college career.
In comparing this with the Mission Statement of Iona College, it becomes evident that the Philosophy Department is
at the very heart of Iona College's mission.
The Mission Statement of Iona College reads as follows:
Iona College is a caring academic community, inspired by the legacy of Blessed Edmund Rice and
the Christian Brothers, which embodies opportunity, justice, and the liberating power of education. Iona College's
purpose is to foster intellectual inquiry, community engagement, and an appreciation for diversity. In the tradition
of American Catholic Higher Education, Iona College commits its energies and resources to the development of graduates
recognized for their ethics, creativity, and problem solving abilities; their independent and adaptable thinking;
their joy in lifelong learning; and their enduring integration of mind, body, and spirit.
(Adopted May 2, 2012)
As one can see, more than any other course of study in a college curriculum philosophy imbues the learning situation
with a profound sense of lifelong aspiration toward free rational discourse and a sense of fair play.
This claim becomes even clearer when one considers the particular goals of the Philosophy Department.
The learning goals of the Philosophy Department develop out of the following model, which acts as a template for
all philosophy offerings. The virtue of the template is that:
- It is general enough that one sees clearly the goals set out for all philosophy courses.
- It reveals the means by which one is able to measure and assess the extent to which the student has achieved those
- It makes clear the connections among the philosophy core courses, the philosophy major, the department's mission,
and the college's mission as a whole.
(Reaffirmed, January 2013)
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