The Philosophy Program

Professors Cutter, Olkowski, Sassower, Welshon; Assistant Professor Tanner; Instructors Arangno, Frakes, Hanson, Scholes, Sullivan, Yarnell; Lecturers Postell and Jensen; Professors Emeritus Fred Bender, Richard Francis (deceased), and Eldon Stevens (deceased).

Philosophy teaches analytical and critical thinking, develops oral and written communication skills, and contributes to interdisciplinary understanding. Philosophy as a discipline attempts to answer perennial questions about values, human existence, and the nature of reality. Skills developed in this inquiry help philosophy students to excel in careers in law, medicine, management, education, government, writing, computer science, psychology, sociology, and ministry among many others. Philosophy majors consistently score in the top percentiles for all majors on the GRE, LSAT, GMAT, MCAT and other graduate and professional admissions tests.

Philosophy Minors

The department offers a minor in philosophy that complement various major fields. Minors require 18 hours of course work, including PHIL 1120,  one course in the History of Philosophy, and at least one other upper division philosophy course. A minimum of 9 hours of upper-division courses as part of the minor is required.

Philosophy Double Majors

Adding a philosophy major to one’s major in another discipline, thereby creating a double major, is an option for students who wish to obtain a broader perspective in their discipline for post-graduate work. All requirements for the Philosophy major apply to double majors. Students may have two different majors in two different colleges or in the same college.