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.
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. Outside of class, students can participate in the active Philosophy Club for socializing and philosophical discussion, or join the successful traveling Ethics Bowl team.