"Philosophy" comes from the Greek words meaning "love of wisdom." Philosophy teaches students to think clearly and critically about the most important questions of life. We explore not only how things are, but also how they could have been and how they ought to be. All of us have to answer the questions asked by philosophers. Philosophy teaches students how we might begin to answer them.

In our program you will:

  • Achieve an understanding of texts essential to the history of philosophy.
  • Learn to articulate and critically evaluate through oral and written presentation.
  • Develop the ability to apply philosophical thought to your other avenues of study.
  • Increase your understanding and respect for diverse viewpoints.

Looking towards another major, but interested in exploring philosophy? No worries-our philosophy minor is open to students in all majors! 

Why Major in Philosophy?

Philosophy teaches critical thinking, careful reading, and clear oral and written communication, and helps students use these skills to better understand the conceptual frameworks that we use to organize and describe the world and our place within it. 

Joshua Alexander

Department Chair, Associate Professor of Philosophy