Philosophy teaches students to think more deeply and rationally about everything: 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 skills in reasoning, analysis, argumentation, close reading, and communication that will prepare them for professional life. The major encourages critical engagement with the major ideas, figures, and theories in philosophical traditions, and it provides extensive knowledge of the field of philosophy in preparation for further study at the graduate level.
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The philosophy minor provides the same skills and challenge of the philosophy major, yet with a less-intensive exposure than the philosophy major. The general analytical skills developed in the minor are an ideal complement to any other major, whether in the sciences, the humanities, the arts, business, or education.
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