The Philosophy major teaches valuable skills including reading, writing, analyzing, and thinking. It contributes to personal growth and a deeper understanding of ourselves, the world we live in, and other people. You will explore such topics as the relations between mind and body, free will, the difference between knowing and believing, justice, human rights, and Eastern and Western religions. You will gain the intellectual skills needed to apply philosophical theories to real world problems—at home, at work, in your community, and in society. Such a liberal arts education doesn't just train you for a job; it gives you the tools to make a living and to make an intellectually rewarding life.
Why Choose Philosophy?
The Philosophy major will prepare you for a wide variety of careers through valuable knowledge and skills for a rapidly changing job market. The study of philosophy will improve your capacity to think critically and creatively, to appreciate complexity, to feel comfortable with diversity and disagreement, to work cooperatively and collaboratively with others, to communicate effectively both in writing and orally, to read with understanding complicated and complex material, and to solve problems.
What Will You Learn?
Studying philosophy promotes intellectual and psychological growth, yet it also develops capabilities prized by most employers and needed by our increasingly global society. In the Philosophy major, you will explore Western and non-Western thought in such courses as Asian Thought, Ethics Across the Continents, Gandhi and King, Philosophy and the Environment, Philosophy and Climate Change, Philosophy of Religion, Contemporary Moral Issues, Business Ethics, Ancient Philosophy, and Social and Political Philosophy.
An education in philosophy can be applied to nearly any career choice, including law, acting, broadcasting, writing, politics, business, medicine, education, and ministry. Our Philosophy graduates have gone on to law school, as well as a wide variety of professions. The major in Philosophy can also prepare highly motivated students for graduate study in philosophy. In addition to becoming attorneys, our graduates have been hired as institutional research analysts, project managers, campaign coordinators for political campaigns, legislative aides, and have worked in public relations as well as nursing.
You will be taught in small classes by experienced professors who take a personal interest in your progress. Their prime focus is teaching, and they are readily available for one-to-one consultation to answer your questions, discuss your progress, and help you with your future career plans. Our faculty members have research experience in business and professional ethics, ethical theory, contemporary moral problems, philosophy in literature, philosophical psychology, Confucianism, Indian philosophy, ethics of war and torture, and social and political philosophy.
Unique Learning Opportunities
Study Abroad: Become a Global Citizen
Our shrinking world requires students to think from a global perspective. The College of Arts and Sciences will help you to expand your worldview to think like a citizen of the world. Whether you participate in the London Study Abroad semester, a short seminar course abroad, or in another semester-long trip, the experience will broaden your horizons and help you compete in the global landscape.