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Many of our Philosophy majors go on to find success in a variety of careers, including law, medicine, and business, to name but a few. Read what our graduates have to say about how a philosophy major prepared them for life after college.


The Department of Philosophy & Humanities offers both a traditional philosophy major and a philosophy major with emphasis in religious studies.  Students may pursue either a B.A. or B.S. degree. Minors are also offered in philosophy, religious studies, and humanities.

Philosophy is quite unlike any other field. It is unique both in its methods and in the nature and breadth of its subject matter. Philosophy pursues questions in every dimension of human life, and its techniques apply to problems in any field of study or endeavor. No brief definition expresses the richness and variety of philosophy. It may be described in many ways. It is a reasoned pursuit of fundamental truths, a quest for understanding, a study of principles of conduct. It seeks to establish standards of evidence, to provide rational methods of resolving conflicts, and to create techniques for evaluating ideas and arguments. Philosophy develops the capacity to see the world from the perspective of other individuals and other cultures; it enhances one's ability to perceive the relationships among the various fields of study; and it deepens one's sense of the meaning and variety of human experience.
[Taken from "The Field of Philosophy," prepared by the American Philosophical Association's committee on the status and future of the profession, 1981.]

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news News
  • Dr. David Harker's paper entitled "Demarcation and the Created Controversy" has been accepted for publication in Philosophia.

  • Dr. Leslie MacAvoy has had two new articles published in 2016.  "Suffering and Redemption: A Nietzschean Analysis of The Tree of Life" appears in The Way of Nature and the Way of Grace: Philosophical Footholds on Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life , edited by Jonathan Beever and Vernon W. Cisney.  "Distanciation and Epoché: The Influence of Husserl on Ricoeur's Hermeneutics" was published in Hermeneutics and Phenomenology in Paul Ricoeur: Between Text and Phenomenon, edited by Scott Davidson and Marc-Antoine Valée.  Two of Dr. MacAvoy's articles have also been reissued in the paperback edition of The Bloomsbury Companion to Heidegger (François Raffoul and Eric S. Nelson, editors), "Heidegger and Husserl" and "Heidegger's Anglo-American Reception."

  • Dr. Michael Allen will have six new papers published this year, with co-author Erica von Essen.  "Consitutional Fidelity and Extra-Legal Discretion: Justifying Executive Prerogative and Disobedient Disclosure” will appear in Law and Philosophy.  “Neo-Republicanism as a Route to Animal Non-Domination” will be published in Politics and Animals.  "Wild-But-Not-Too-Wild Animals: Challenging Goldilocks Standards in Rewilding" will be published in Between the Species.  “Solidarity between Human and Non-Human Animals: Representing Animal Voices in Policy Deliberations” will appear in Environmental Communication.   The Journal of Social Philosophy will publish “A Rabble in the Zoopolis? Considering Responsibilities for Wildlife Hybrids," and Environmental Communication will publish “From Obstructionism to Communication: Local, National and Transnational Dimensions of Contestations on the Swedish Wolf Cull Controversy."

  • Dr. Keith Green has a forthcoming paper, "Spinoza on Turning the Other Cheek," to be published in Volume VIII of Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy.  Another paper, "Forgiveness, Pardon, and Punishment in Spinoza's Ethical Theory and 'True Religion,'" will appear in the Journal of Early Modern Studies.  Dr. Green's paper "Spinoza on Self-Hatred" appears in the current edition of Iyyun: the Jerusalem Philosophical Review.

  • Dr. Jeff Gold's paper entitled "Suffering, Self-Hate, and the Implicit Association Test: A Critical Assessment into the Zen Philosophy of Cheri Huber" was published in The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society in December 2015.

events Events

 Philosophy Department Meet and Greet
Tuesday, November 8th, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Rogers-Stout Hall, room 321
Meet the faculty, hear exciting previews of next semester's course offerings!  Learn the benefits of pursuing a philosophy major and discuss the various programs of study offered by the department!  Chat with members of the Philosophy Club!  Enjoy coffee and light refreshments!

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