• "I feel the instructor was able to explain the subject in a way that was easy to understand while not losing any vital information regarding the subject."

  • "I liked the instructor, the way he taught me it was easy to understand what we were doing. The instructor made it easier by giving examples related to our everyday life. I liked that we did not move on to another subject until everyone had understood the previous subject. The course was not as hard as I had anticipated because what we learned, I already had experienced in my daily life."

  • "I loved the course, it has been my favorite class this semester. Great teacher. He is able to present the material in way that makes it very interesting and enjoyable. I feel that I have gained a great deal from this course and have grown as a person."

  • "I liked how open we all felt and comfortable with the teacher and other classmates. It made learning more exciting."

Philosophy is often thought to be an abstract discipline that deals with big questions. While this certainly can be true, our department makes a concerted effort to start where students are at in their own lives and show how the skills taught in philosophy can be applied to and make a difference in their lives and communities.  These skills include understanding the positions and reasoning of others, carefully thinking through the depth and variety of issues that arise in various problems, and seeing issues through multiple viewpoints. Philosophy teaches students to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of arguments, creatively develop ways to advance an issue, construct persuasive positions of one's own, and have a positive impact on those around us.  Our goal is to provide students with the opportunities, feedback, and guidance to become more effective thinkers and participants in society and the workplace.

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  • Website highlighting civic engagement projects in Mo Janzen's (former HTC instructor now at Anoka Ramsey Community College) philosophy courses:

  • HTC Ethics student Jake Bailey found out a friend from high school had taken his life due to depression. Jake wanted to do something to help raise awareness of this issue. After an Ethics class at HTC where Jake had to do a civic engagement project in which he worked to improve the world, Jake felt he had the skills to plan and organize an event with his friends. Check out what Jake was able to accomplish:

  • Link to Angela Duckworth's Grit Test (from Susan and Jason's Student Success session): Online Grit Test 
  • Check out this podcast from Kerri Miller's "Midmorning" on Minnesota Public Radio: "Teaching the 'art of arguing'" 3/29/11

Last updated by sparry : 2018-01-29 10:16:35