In the AOK Civilizations category, all four courses must emphasize either history
or philosophy or religious studies. Two courses must be in history. Two courses must
be in religious studies or philosophy.
The study of philosophy helps students develop their own critical, independent thought
and promotes the exercising of such thinking in self-criticism, both personal and
Students will be introduced to significant philosophical inquiries, traditions,
and problems, including knowledge of (primarily, but not exclusively) Western philosophy
and self-knowledge. Students will come to appreciate diverse investigations and
traditions in the history of philosophical thought, to formulate issues and questions,
and to critically evaluate philosophers’ arguments and their own. In this process,
students should gain a deeper understanding of values and of the forces operating
on the formation of values. Students will also cultivate thoughtful attitudes toward
self, others, and the world.