Philosophy raises fundamental questions about ourselves and the world, which result in a sharpened perception of the value of our lives and an increased ability to analyze. Such critical ability enables you to better understand the world around; to evaluate the values and social forms by which we live; to ask which values should have priority and why; to make judgments about how various social structures realize, or fail to realize, these values.
Your learning experience will be greatly enhanced by talented faculty who also are engaged in the study of philosophy. Our full-time faculty members in the Department of History, Political Science, and Philosophy hold terminal degrees in their fields or are studying to complete one, and they have numerous years of teaching experiences.
General Course Overview
Courses include logic, ethics, philosophy of religion, social and political philosophy, the history of philosophy, aesthetics, and various thematic courses. The program culminates in an independent study course that requires the preparation of a major paper and public presentation on a selected philosophical topic. The philosophy minor requires 18 hours, but does not include an independent study.
You will take classes that advance critical thinking skills, discuss ethics and analyze different philosophical beliefs. Practical uses of philosophy include the nature of knowledge and relationships to reality and critical theories, which are used on a daily basis. Philosophy is highly interdisciplinary, relating to theology, history, political science, women’s and gender studies, and more.
For details about required courses and course descriptions, please visit our online catalog.
The Klinck Memorial Library is home to more than 160,000 books and audio/visual materials, 140 print periodical subscriptions, 480,000 ERIC microfiche documents and over 50 electronic databases with remote access. A special collection of musical scores, long-playing vinyl albums, and CDs is also available for use by library patrons. There are over 40 public computers and wireless Internet access is provided.
Career opportunities for philosophy majors include academics, law, business, public administration, journalism, health care and more. Some students become teachers of philosophy; others recognize it as excellent preparation for law school. Philosophy provides a valuable foundation for careers in communication, public administration and policy making by teaching the student how to identify and examine the underlying questions of values and methodology implied in every practical decision.