Academic Programs

Philosophy is an excellent field of study if you are looking for a broad education that teaches you how to think and gain self-awareness. It is particularly appropriate as a major or minor for those contemplating a career in law, government, business, public service, politics, education, or religion. It is often appropriate to study philosophy as a double major and the Department’s major is designed to make double majoring easy.

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 has developed three areas of strength: Legal and Political Philosophy, Neurophilosophy, and Kant and Post-Kantian German Philosophy. We feel that our offerings in these three areas are some of the best to be found anywhere in the world.

Another component of the Department’s program is a series of courses in applied philosophy, the study of which provides skills with practical application in one’s personal, social, and professional life. Courses in this area include Contemporary Moral Problems, Marriage and Family, Philosophy of Law, and Business Ethics.

In addition to the philosophy major, the Department offers a Pre-Law major and a Minor in Ethics.
In order to declare the philosophy major, you must meet with the advisor, Ericka Christensen  Email her at for an appointment.