Why study philosophy?
Philosophy courses strengthen students’ abilities to think, speak, and write critically, analytically, and creatively.
Philosophy majors and minors excel on advanced standardized tests such as the GRE, LSAT, and GMAT, which improves their chances of getting into top graduate programs and law schools. Non-majors gain a richer education and preparation for work and life.
Philosophy courses expose students to some of life’s most persistent and important questions. They are designed to appeal to a variety of student interests and concerns regardless of one’s major or intended career.
In addition to majoring in Philosophy, students may also choose to minor in general Philosophy or in more specialized areas including Political Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, and Philosophy of Science. The department also contributes to interdisciplinary majors and minors such as the Environmental Studies and Sustainability Major and the Law, Ethics and Society Minor.
For our majors and minors, the Philosophy Department offers a rigorous program of study that prepares students for post-graduate work in philosophy, law, medicine, business—and beyond. See: Career Paths In Philosophy
Breadth and depth of understanding is the aim of this program’s required courses. A balance is struck between issues courses (e.g., Theories of Knowledge, Approaches to Ethics), and History of Philosophy courses that enliven and enlighten the issues by revealing the setting in which they arose and developed.
A variety of electives (such as Philosophy of Law, Asian Philosophy, Environmental Ethics, and Women, Ethics and Society) allow the student ample opportunity to pursue in greater depth an area of particular interest.