This is a concentration within the Bachelor of Arts program in Liberal Studies. Please view the information for the Department of Liberal Studies in conjunction with this concentration information.
This program is designed for Liberal Studies students who want to encourage critical thinking and philosophical inquiry in the elementary school classroom. Students in this concentration learn to apply philosophical inquiry to the study and analysis of philosophical texts and arguments. Students in this concentration also develop skills of ethical analysis and value inquiry, and learn to apply physiological thinking and humanistic inquiry to socially relevant issues concerning “self” and “context” with special emphasis on aspects relevant to the elementary classroom.
Most importantly, “applied philosophy” students are encouraged to learn effective ways of bringing philosophical curiosity and critical thinking to life in elementary classroom setting. Students in our program also learn how to develop methods of philosophical inquiry tailored to the receptive capacities of their audience. The skills, knowledge, and practices of applied philosophical inquiry help to enrich the teaching and learning environment of elementary school classrooms.
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Complete at least 15 units total in Philosophy from the categories listed below, at least 9 units must be upper division.