Tschaepe, Mark (Philosophy Program)

Welcome to Philosophy!

Within the Division of Social Work, Behavioral and Political Sciences, Philosophy is the responsibility of Dr. Mark Tschaepe, who designs and teaches the courses. The two philosophy courses within the core curriculum are Critical Thinking (PHIL2303) and Ethics (PHIL2023). Ethics is a required course for the Legal Studies Minor.

Dr. Tschaepe has a background in a wide variety of disciplines, including philosophy, neuroscience, and public health. In his Ethics classes students are not only introduced to standard theories of Western philosophy, but also to African philosophy. In addition, many of the exercises and readings deal directly with science and medicine, especially as these issues relate to African Americans. In his Critical Thinking classes students learn how to use basic logical tools in order to improve their thinking, which includes their reading comprehension, listening skills, and writing. These classes include examples from epidemiology that help the students analyze real-world arguments that are relevant to all persons and are especially helpful to those students entering nursing, medicine, biology, social work, health and nutrition, political science, sociology, agriculture, and education.


Apart from teaching at PVAMU, Dr. Tschaepe is the Expert Liaison Officer for the AIDS Foundation — Houston, and he serves on their Programs and Operations Committee.

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