Philosophy lies at the core of the liberal arts education. It involves the critical discussion of fundamental questions about morality, justice, knowledge, God, and consciousness. Philosophy seeks the answers to these questions by a careful study of some of the greatest thinkers in history and also by looking at contemporary developments in politics, the sciences and the arts. By studying the questions and answers that constitute Philosophy, one therefore gains knowledge of some major thinkers, periods, and fields of inquiry. At the same time, one also learns (a) how to effectively analyze arguments and texts and to read with sensitivity to concepts, language, meaning, and context, and, (b) how to develop arguments and communicate effectively in speech and writing.
A major in Philosophy is useful not only for students who plan to continue in graduate studies in Philosophy, but also for those thinking of careers in law, business, government, or industry, which require creativity and logical and analytic skills. Philosophy majors have some of the best scores on tests such as the GRE, LSAT, and GMAT, as a result of their training. See our course offerings or consult the University Bulletin for a complete listing of requirements.
Philosophy Requirements (.pdf, 148kb)
Last Updated: 3/4/13