Learning to Think About the World Around Us
The discipline of philosophy explores ideas and concepts that we commonly use without much reflection — ideas related to justice and morality, knowledge and truth, and the nature of consciousness.
In the course of our daily lives, we rarely have the opportunity to consider puzzles about the nature of freedom, time, language and our own identity. Philosophy asks questions that are fundamental to human existence itself. It is the systematic study of ideas fundamental to all the other disciplines taught at the university — the sciences, social sciences, humanities and the arts.
The department offers programs leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a Master of Arts in Philosophy. The undergraduate program has an optional honors component. Both programs are taught by our outstanding faculty who are recognized scholars in their field.
Why Study Philosophy?
The skills you'll develop studying philosophy — critical thinking, sound reasoning, imaginative problem-solving and the capacity to analyze complex issues — are invaluable in the study of any subject or the pursuit of any profession. Philosophy majors are among the top-earning graduates in the humanities — competitive with those in business, healthcare and even the sciences. In addition, philosophy students have one of the highest acceptance rates to medical school.