Explore the Philosophy Department
Philosophy is the study of disciplined thinking-the ability to read and listen critically, to address problems systematically, and to express ideas articulately.
Our department is an active and friendly one, combining philosophical rigor with an open and receptive relationship to students. We have high expectations of our students but we also provide extensive course and program advisement that helps them reach the expectations we set. Department members spend substantial amounts of time on ongoing research projects on the wide variety of topics in which they specialize, but we are constantly engaged as well in intense discussion with students about philosophical ideas. Students frequently tell us that our advisement is among the best at the university, and we like to think--and hope you will agree--that our department is the friendliest little department on campus.
Degrees in Philosophy
Minor in Philosophy: Philosophy is the study of disciplined thinking-the ability to read and listen critically, to address problems systematically, and to express ideas articulately.
Ethics, Law and Politics Minor: The Ethics, Law and Politics minor is designed for students who wish to emphasize ethics, law, and politics areas as a complement to their major.
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy: Philosophy
Ethics, Law, and Politics Graduate Certificate: The Ethics, Law, and Politics Certificate is a program that covers basic philosophy with emphasis on topics in ethics, philosophy of law, and political philosophy.
Master of Arts in Philosophy: Discuss the deepest problems of the human condition. Are you a mind plus a body? Is your brain/mind a computer? Can computers think? Can they do anything creative? Are all your actions physically determined? These questions and more are pondered and discussed in course work that offers students challenges and prepares them for careers in government service, law, medicine, teaching, business and the ministry.
Ethics, Law, and Politics Graduate Degree: The Ethics, Law, and Politics M.A. is a program that covers basic philosophy with emphasis on topics in ethics, philosophy of law, and political philosophy. Our energetic and friendly small department of active teacher-scholars includes a number of faculty with expertise in ethics, philosophy of law or political philosophy, either contemporary or historical.