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Mission Statement of the Philosophy Minor

In unison with the institutional and Humanities’ missions, this minor program is dedicated to the development of students who are capable of rational argument, open-minded consideration of diverse view points, informed appreciation and use of various cultural and intellectual histories, and ethical yet critically analytical decisions in their personal and professional lives.  This era of rapid technological change, information proliferation, and global interdependence creates ever-changing cultural, economic and political situations that must be met by students with the adaptability of a quick mind that is also balanced by the strength of informed conviction, which can be produced by the classical tradition of the Humanities, and philosophy in particular.  To achieve this, the minor in philosophy program is committed to the cooperation of various members of the faculty from diverse traditions and areas of study, in order to challenge students by introducing a wide array of perspectives and worldviews. 



Žižek Slavoj. Living in the End Times. Verso, 2011.



Gibney, Alex. “Zero Days.” Magnolia Pictures, 2016.

William Nolen, Instructor

Office: PLG 312F Phone: 956-326-2660 Email:

Mr. Nolen's interests lie in researching Plato, Aristotle, 19th Through 21st Centuries Continental Thought, Cultural Studies Focusing on Dystopian and Apocalyptic Phenomena

Dr. Mark Menaldo, Assistant Professor

Office: CNS 313A Phone: 956-326-2651  Email: 

Dr. Menaldo’s research interests lie at the intersection of political theory and leadership. His book, “Leadership and Transformative Ambition in International Relations,” reexamines foreign policy theories through a normative inquiry and historical analysis of historical leaders. Currently, he is co-editing a book on the notion of authentic leadership through the lenses of the history of political philosophy.  

Dr. Jack Byham, Assistant Professional

Office: CNS 302H Phone: 956-326-2632  Email: 

His general research interests include the history of political philosophy and American politics. Within the field of political philosophy, Dr. Byham is interested in the contrast between the ancients, such as Plato and Aristotle, and the moderns, in particular Hobbes and Locke.