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Department of Philosophy,
Rochester Institute of Technology

Last updated 6 February 2016


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The Department of Philosophy at the Rochester Institute of Technology offers a large variety of undergraduate philosophy courses plus graduate courses in Philosophy of Art/Aesthetics, Philosophy of Mind, and the Philosophy of Vision and Imaging. Beyond our introductory level courses, students may take philosophy as General Education electives or as part of a 3-course immersion, a Minor in Philosophy, or a Major in Philosophy. The Department also develops an annual program of speakers, symposia, and conferences.

The Philosophy Department is motivated by a dedication to excellence in teaching. Most of our faculty have received teaching awards, and many of our faculty have received multiple teaching awards. The Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching is RIT’s highest tribute to successful pedagogy, and the Department of Philosophy is home to nine of these awards:

John T. Sanders (1979-1980)
James I. Campbell (1991-1992)
Timothy Engström (1993-1994)
Dane R. Gordon (1996-1997)
James I. Campbell (1999-2000)
John T. Sanders (2000-2001)
David B. Suits (2002-2003)
Timothy Engström (2007-2008)
Katie Terezakis (2014-2015)

The Philosophy Department is also motivated by a strong commitment to scholarship, as evidenced by the scholarly activities of the individual members of the Department, by the Department’s speaker series and colloquia, and by the scholarship awards which have been won. Each year Paul A. and Francena L. Miller Fellowships are awarded to assist faculty in the College of Liberal Arts in the pursuit of their scholarly and professional projects. The Department of Philosophy has been the home of ten of those prestigious Fellowships:

Timothy Engström (2002-2003)
Brian Schroeder (2003-2004)
John Capps (2005-2006)
Evan Selinger (2007-2008)
Katie Terezakis (2009-2010)
Jesús Aguilar (2009-2010)
John T. Sanders (2012-2013)
Brian Schroeder (2013-2014)
Lawrence Torcello (2014-2015)
Jesús Aguilar (2015-2016)

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RIT’s College of Liberal Arts encourages the creation, development, dissemination, and application of human knowledge in the arts, humanities and social sciences by promoting innovative teaching, scholarship and research, thus providing a comprehensive education for all RIT students both in its general education and professional/career oriented undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

The College further strives to prepare students for a lifetime of personal growth and responsible citizenship in an increasingly technological and rapidly changing society by maintaining and promoting the intellectual climate on campus, contributing to students’ awareness and understanding of diversity, and enhancing students’ abilities to reason critically and communicate effectively.

Philosophy Program Objectives

Students graduating from our program are able to:

  • Categorize, critique, assess, and compare major figures and movements in the history of philosophy.
  • Compare different ethical theories.
  • Apply different theoretical approaches to value-oriented issues.
  • Examine, reconstruct, and fairly assess various and opposing arguments on a subject.
  • Present cogent arguments in support of their own philosophical positions.
  • Formulate a thesis, conduct literature review, perform necessary research, and present and defend a defined philosophical position.
  • Categorize, critique, and assess positions within a particular subfield of philosophy.