February 5, 2018
BY Nyia Crenshaw
Sitting in St. John’s Hall at 3:25 on a Tuesday afternoon learning about the Euthyphro question is not what many students consider to be the highlight of their day.
Philosophy is a core class at St. John’s University that requires students to take Introductory, Ethics and finally Metaphysics classes. The three classes totals the 9 credits each student is required to complete in order to graduate.
At times students find it difficult to stay encouraged and interested in courses. Philosophy classes become confusing for students and they end up distracted and do not participate.
Zachary Crisp, a student at the university weighed in on the issue. “The St. John’s philosophy teaching staff has employees that do take their job seriously, however, they struggle significantly with teaching content in a way that would hold students’ attention. Professors over-rely on the book and their lessons are unimaginative, predictable and outright boring.”
“It just doesn’t make sense,” added Vivienne Pates, a junior at St. John’s University.
Professor Scott Malowitz teaches ethics, medical ethics and metaphysics courses at SJU. He believes that taking classes requires student responsibility and students should not rely on their professors to make classes interesting.
“I think students are too teacher dependent. It shouldn’t depend on me how motivated you are, you should motivate yourself,” said Professor Malowitz.
Professors at the university are different in many aspects. When entering a classroom the first day of the semester, a student does not know what type of professor they will encounter. Factors like this can and will effect how the class will flow for the student during their semester.
“I just don’t have the personality for it. It can be dispiriting but I have been doing this for a long time” added Professor Malowitz.