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What Is Philosophy?

Philosophy is the pursuit of wisdom about ourselves, others, and the world, through sustained reflection on general questions – what is the purpose of life? what is a just society? what is the nature of thought? what is truth? – that arise in the course of human experience. Philosophy is both a body of knowledge and a set of skills.

What Courses Do We Offer?

We offer courses in moral philosophy, global justice, and applied ethics; in political philosophy, social philosophy and the philosophy of law; in logic, the philosophy of language, and the philosophy of science; in the theory of knowledge and the philosophy of the social sciences; in the history of philosophy from Ancient Greece to the Twentieth-Century; in African philosophy and in Asian philosophy; in philosophy of religion and in aesthetics; and in many more areas. Please check out our course offerrings here.

The Department offers two Philosophy majors as well as six Philosophy minors. More information on our majors and minors can be found here.

Why Study Philosophy?

  • Tech Leave You Cold? Major in Philosophy! "Philosophy majors generally do quite well for themselves in whatever career path they choose"
  • The many, many reasons to study philosophy: "Philosophy delivers highly marketable, highly transferable skills"
  • Be employable, study philosophy! "I tell people the most useful classes I took were all in philosophy"
  • Philosophy – the most practical major: "It is also a tool... for thinking about everything else, and every profession from law and medicine to motorcycle maintenance"
  • Who has a degree in Philosophy? Many people, it turns out – from Pope John Paul II and Susan Sarandon, Angela Davis and Wes Anderson, to Carl Ichan and Carly Fiorina.

For YouTube videos about majoring in philosophy as well as more links to newspaper stories about how useful a philosophy degree actually is, see here.