As lovers of wisdom, philosophers have always contemplated life's fundamental questions: What values make life meaningful, what is the nature of reality and knowledge, what is the best organization for society, does God exist?
The Philosophy Department offers courses in logic, ethics, epistemology, philosophy of religion, and philosophy of science. We also teach topical courses focused on major philosophers, particular historical periods (ancient, medieval, modern), and discrete philosophical topics (for example, existentialism, aesthetics, and ancient science).
By challenging students to analyze concepts clearly and evaluate arguments critically, philosophy hones reasoning skills, stimulates intellectual creativity, and makes life more interesting and rewarding. By teaching critical thinking, persuasive writing, and effective communication, philosophy also develops skills in high demand by employers.
For students interested in concentrated study of the relation between philosophy and science, the department offers a Minor in the History and Philosophy of Science.
Program Learning Outcomes:
- Be effective writers
- Acquire knowledge of major figures in the history of western philosophy
- Acquire knowledge of major ideas in the history of western philosophy
- Have strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills
Philosophy Honors Program
Students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher in Philosophy may apply to complete an Honors project. An Honors project involves independent study with a faculty mentor. It will usually extend over two consecutive terms and earn six hours of credit upon its successful completion. The project culminates in the writing of a major research paper (25-30 pages) during the second term and an oral defense of the project with the Department faculty.
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