What do we believe and why do we believe it? Who are we and why are we here? What ought we do and why should we do it?

Philosophy encourages critical and systematic inquiry into fundamental questions of right and wrong, truth and falsehood, the meaning of life, and the nature of reality, knowledge and society.

Philosophy encourages the student to formulate questions and follow arguments. Philosophy provides an excellent preparation for law school and other professional programs, as well as a solid foundation for a career in business, teaching, writing, or public service.

As a philosophy major, you will ...

  • generate ideas on a variety of problems
  • formulate and solve problems
  • uncover assumptions and suggest alternatives
  • distinguish subtle differences without overlooking similarities
  • analyze, develop and formulate logical arguments
  • make knowledgeable decisions
  • examine various angles of topics
  • write and speak clearly and effectively
  • interpret and assess various thoughts and theories

Philosophy Lecture

Why major in philosophy?

Learn how to think, not what to think. More than any other discipline, philosophy explores the core issues of the Western intellectual tradition. Philosophy is the ultimate transferable work skill.

What can it do for you?

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