The Department of Political Science answers the call given by the Church of articulating a true understanding of the integration of faith, reason, and culture. The study of political life and more broadly of social, economic, legal, cultural, scientific, and human life questions, which is done in the Department’s programs, proceeds from a Catholic understanding of the human person, his social relationships, the natural law that governs his conduct and his final end in God.
Human Life Studies is an academic minor program that will lead students to a broader and deeper knowledge and understanding of the philosophical, ethical, theological, biological, legal, political, historical, and social dimensions of human life issues. With this background, students will be prepared to think, speak, and act intelligently in these crucial matters confronting contemporary culture.
The focus of the interdisciplinary Human Life Studies Minor Program at Franciscan University is to:
You must take these courses:
Plus any two courses selected from among the following to complete the needed 18 credits:
These additional courses deal with topics that either directly concern different human life issues or topics such as marriage and family life, economic justice, or social justice, which indirectly but decisively affect human life and dignity.
*PHL 310, Selected Problems in Ethics, varies from semester to semester, depending on the issues chosen by the professor. Upon permission of the Human Life Studies Program Director, this course may be counted toward the Human Life Studies minor. The Director, after consulting with the Chairman of the Philosophy Department, will determine if the selected issues qualify for the domain of Human Life Studies.
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