Religious Studies Mission Statement
The Religious Studies Department of Viterbo University is rooted in the teachings of Christ Jesus, and the faith of the Roman Catholic Tradition:
- Endeavors to instruct and inspire students through an exploration of religious truths, as expressed in scripture, Church teaching, and in the lives of Francis, Clare, and Rose of Viterbo.
- Challenges students to the pursuit of truth and moral decision-making.
- Provides opportunities to engage students in the work of peace, justice, human dignity, ecumenism, compassion, and care for creation.
- Manifests in its faculty the peace, joy, humility, and hospitality that characterized Jesus, Francis, Clare, Rose of Viterbo, and their followers.
Philosophy Mission Statement
The philosophy department rooted in the systematic analysis of the Western philosophical tradition:
- Endeavors to instruct and inspire students to discover the relevance of philosophy to current problems in our world, and encourages a lifelong commitment to philosophical reflection and ethical practice.
- Challenges students to the pursuit of truth and ethical decision making.
- Provides opportunities to engage students in critical thinking and public discourse about some of the most important ideas of the human experience.
- Manifests in its faculty a passion for philosophy and a commitment to the student’s pursuit of truth, ethical decision making, intellectual honesty, and the courage and tenacity for philosophical inquiry and practice.
Philosophy encourages exploration and discussion of fundamental philosophical questions and issues that proceed from commitment to the virtues of the Catholic Franciscan tradition, including contemplation, hospitality, integrity, stewardship and service.
Goal 1. Develop the skills of philosophical reasoning.
- Demonstrate the ability to use the tools of critical thinking to distinguish argumentative and non-argumentative forms of reasoning, evaluate arguments, construct sound arguments, and articulate sound arguments in the public forum
Goal 2. Develop knowledge of the Western philosophical tradition.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the historical development of metaphysics and its continuing relevance.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the historical development of epistemology and its continuing relevance.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the historical development of aesthetics and its continuing relevance.
Goal 3. Develop the skills of ethical decision-making:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the historical development of ethics.
- Demonstrate an understanding of how ethics can be used to improve one’s own life goals and values.
- Demonstrate an understanding of how ethics can be applied to concrete situations in order to clarify and resolve contentious disputes and disagreements.
- Demonstrate an understanding of how ethics can be used to identity prejudices, cultural assumptions and stereotypes.