The Philosophy Department demonstrates its commitment to serving Villanova students in all the undergraduate colleges by teaching a foundational course in the core curriculum and by offering courses that contribute substantively to majors, minors and concentrations in Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Ethics, Gender and Women’s Studies, Honors, Nursing, and Peace and Justice Education. Based in the reading of primary texts, Philosophy courses stress clear and creative critical thinking, cogent writing and open discussion. They introduce students to important concepts at work across the disciplines. And In the foundational courses, Philosophy introduces students to questions and concepts at the heart of Catholic philosophical inquiry especially through the study of ancient and medieval texts. The Philosophy major is dedicated to providing students with the historical foundation for advanced study in the discipline and to developing in its majors a base of knowledge and skills that can be valuable in a wide range of careers. Following one of several tracks of study, Philosophy majors can complement their knowledge of the discipline as a whole with an intensive engagement in a particular area of philosophical thought. Throughout its courses and in the course of study leading to the major, the Philosophy Department emphasizes the value of truth and the inextricable relation of truth to values.