Study the great thinkers from Plato and Aristotle to Darwin and Einstein and discuss the deepest problems. Is your brain/mind a computer? Can computers think? Are all your actions physically determined? Are you responsible for your actions? Must anything that thinks have a language to think in? What is the best form of government? Where do human rights come from? What aesthetic values should inform our city planning? Want to learn the big ideas? How Marx turned Hegel on his head? How Darwinian evolution replaces intelligent design by monkeys at typewriters? Why Nietzsche said that God is dead? How to think in the post-modern world?
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.
Graduate students in our program take most of their classes in upper division undergraduate courses that are open for graduate-level credit (sometimes on the basis of extra work and/or outside discussions with the instructor). Graduate students sometimes earn a portion of the remainder of their philosophy credits by means of independent study arrangements with individual faculty members.
Many of the students accepted into the MA program in philosophy have completed undergraduate philosophy majors or minors, though we also accept students with degrees in related areas and students with compelling interests or strong undergraduate backgrounds.