Philosophy asks critical questions about how we ought to live, the sources and extent of knowledge, and the world and its nature. Philosophy asks thought-provoking questions about the mind, the self, God, free will, science, justice, and the Good Life. By engaging with challenging philosophical questions, students learn to think analytically and independently, and they develop excellent skills at critical thinking, reasoning, writing, and communication.
The philosophy major provides students with essential skills in reasoning, analysis, argumentation, close reading, and communication that will prepare them for a successful and fulfilling professional life. The major encourages critical engagement with the major ideas, figures, and theories in philosophical traditions, and it provides broad knowledge of the field of philosophy.
Chair, Philosophy and Religious Studies