Philosophy teaches how to notice and think carefully about the ideas and assumptions basic to understandings of life and our place in the universe. It is essential preparation for any pursuit, professional or personal. The Philosophy program combines disciplinary strength with personal attention, dedicated faculty, innovative curriculum, and flexibility. Philosophy majors gain a strong foundation in the history of Philosophy and in systematic areas like logic and ethics.
Besides being excellent preparation for further study in graduate or law school, a Philosophy major provides a sound foundation for critical thinking for a variety of professions including management, teaching, counseling, journalism, editing, library work, nonprofit administration, advocacy, and even medicine.
Students can pursue courses and topics to connect to their specific interests. Many students double-major in Philosophy and Psychology; others have combined Philosophy with Drama, Biology, English, and Women’s Studies. As part of their program, Philosophy students have opportunities to develop classroom leadership skills as well as attend and present at professional conferences.
The student will:
- Be familiar with key figures and developments in the history of Western and non-Western Philosophy
- Possess the ability to read, interpret, and articulate philosophical explanation and expression
- Understand the relation between Philosophy and other important domains of human inquiry, culture, and life