Students in the philosophy department explore fundamental questions of human life by means of a rigorous study of contemporary philosophical theories and their historical sources. By engaging with these theories and their supporting arguments, students also hone their ability to analyze arguments critically — and to develop and present their own arguments.
The philosophy major provides the necessary preparation for post-graduate study in philosophy, but it also provides the robust background in critical thinking, writing, and ethical reasoning that serves as a solid foundation for a variety of careers, such as law, business, and education. Philosophy majors interested in careers in the law have the opportunity to enroll in our popular Law and Justice Concentration. Students can also earn credit in the COLA internship program. Another place they can earn credit is participating in our Philosophy for Children Program, working in local schools. Outside of class, students can socialize and discuss philosophical issues in the Philosophy Club or join the successful traveling Ethics Bowl team. They can also participate in a more formal discussion of philosophical topics by joining the Phi Sigma Tau Philosophy Honors society.