Philosophy

Pursuing studies in philosophy is timeless and classic. Every other discipline depends on the basic abilities you develop while studying philosophy. Every job requires thinking, analyzing, and clear communication that the study of philosophy promotes and nurtures.

Join in the debate and walk in the footsteps of the world's greatest thinkers, such as Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Hume, Hobbes, Marx, Kant, and Hegel. Ponder such questions as: What is truth? Do you begin your existence at birth and end at death? Is your mind identical to your brain? What makes some actions right and some actions wrong? What is the meaning of life? What is an ideal society?

The Philosophy and Religion Department offers a major in philosophy, a minor in philosophy, religion, or ethics. With a major in philosophy, you will build a strong foundation for a variety of professions or the pursuit of a master's or doctoral degree. You will learn to think critically to improve your ability to solve problems and analyze arguments. You will express yourself clearly and persuasively in signed/oral and written forms. Your knowledge of the literature, major figures, and issues of philosophy. will also increase.

If you minor in religion, you will gain a broad knowledge of the world's major religions, focus on an in-depth study of certain religious traditions, and develop respect for traditions of all faiths. With the ethics minor, you will focus on the systematic study of the theory of moral good and its application to various theoretical and practical problems.

An ethics minor will complement majors that prepare you for careers in human services or public policy (e.g., social work, education, business, government) and will benefit you if you plan go on to law school or to other endeavors which involve wrestling with questions of right and wrong.

A minor in ethics would also benefit you if you are a natural or social science major. Current trends in scientific education emphasize awareness of the ethical, legal, and social implications of one's work.  

 

Expand Your Skills
  • Consider a minor in Government or Business
  • Gain experience with debate and mediation
  • Develop excellent written communication skills
  • Gain related experience through an internship or volunteer work
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