As lovers of wisdom, philosophers have always contemplated life’s fundamental questions: What values make life meaningful, what is the nature of reality and knowledge, what is the best organization for society, does God exist?
The Philosophy Department offers courses in logic, ethics, epistemology, philosophy of religion, and philosophy of science. We also teach topical courses focused on major philosophers, particular historical periods (ancient, medieval, modern), and discrete philosophical topics (for example, existentialism, aesthetics, and ancient science).
By challenging students to analyze concepts clearly and evaluate arguments critically, philosophy hones reasoning skills, stimulates intellectual creativity, and makes life more interesting and rewarding. By teaching critical thinking, persuasive writing, and effective communication, philosophy also develops skills in high demand by employers.
Program Learning Outcomes:
- Be effective writers
- Acquire knowledge of diverse religious traditions
- Acquire knowledge of diverse religious practices in historical context
- Have strong critical thinking skills
Because all disciplines require clear, critical, rigorous thinking, a minor in Philosophy is the perfect complement to any major. The Philosophy minor introduces students to the major areas of philosophical study through three area requirements. Elective coursework is flexible, allowing students to choose to concentrate advanced study in their areas of interest.
Philosophy Honors Program
Students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher in Philosophy may apply to complete an Honors project. An Honors project involves independent study with a faculty mentor. It will usually extend over two consecutive terms and earn six hours of credit upon its successful completion. The project culminates in the writing of a major research paper (25-30 pages) during the second term and an oral defense of the project with the Department faculty.