- Social and Political Philosophy
- Philosophy of Mind
- History of Philosophy
The Department offers a wide variety of courses specially developed for students in business, health sciences, education, and policy studies as well as for those who are pursuing careers in science or the humanities. Philosophy provides invaluable reasoning skills, insight into methodological presuppositions, and an appreciation of the intellectual currents that have shaped history. It also promotes student’s abilities to read challenging texts and to write effectively, skills in high demand for many careers.
The department also offers a series of courses in applied ethics, which provides students useful skills for their careers and their lives. Courses in this area include Introduction to Ethics, Sex and Love, Race and Racism, Biomedical Ethics, Philosophy of Law, Business Ethics, and our signature experience course in which students prepare to compete in the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl.
The Department of Philosophy offers a B.A. in Philosophy as well as a minor in Philosophy and a minor in Law and Ethics.
The study of philosophy is excellent preparation for law school and a career in law. The critical thinking skills, clarity in writing and argumentative rigor required in philosophy provide students with the tools they need to be successful in law school and as lawyers. Moreover, philosophy majors have among the highest average scores on the LSAT and the highest admission rates to law school of any major. The Department of Philosophy includes seven nationally recognized scholars in legal and political philosophy.
The Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) program helps students become familiar with and capable of contributing to ongoing debates about the nature of good political and economic institutions, as well as the policies and practices that are best suited for creating and sustaining them.
A study of the philosophy of the law can deepen our understanding of the proper foundations, limits, and applications of legal authority. Legal theorists often consider the meaning of legal doctrine but philosophers of law help to frame the ethical considerations that guide and constrain the law. The minor in law and ethics gives students the skills and knowledge needed for a critical assessment of law, especially in light of the principles of ethics and social values.
The minor also improves argumentative, writing, and logical skills invaluable for law school and many other careers in legal fields. The minor in law and ethics is designed to be a complement to any major. Students with majors in the humanities or social sciences planning a career in law, public service, advocacy, or policy are particularly encouraged to consider the minor in law and ethics.
A minor in philosophy is an excellent complement to any major and will improve students’ abilities to think critically and creatively and write clearly and persuasively. It is particularly appropriate for those contemplating a career in law, business, sciences, public service, politics, or education.
Students who wish to minor in philosophy take at least 15 hours in courses in philosophy. We encourage you to begin with Phil 2010 Introduction to Philosophy or Phil 2030 Introduction to Ethics and continue with Phil 3000 Philosophical Discussions. For more information, contact Eric Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.