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Philosophy & Humanities

College of Arts & Sciences

  • Daniel Dennett lecture
  • Justice, Ethics, and Law concentration
  • Justice, Ethics, and Law required courses
  • Justice, Ethics, and Law Theoretical courses
  • Justice, Ethics, and Law Applied courses

Hunter Baker, philosophy graduate

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 three concentrations of the philosophy major:  traditional Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Justice, Ethics, and Law.  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 and Events







Leslie MacAvoy's essay entitled "Heidegger, Dreyfus, and the Intelligibility of Practical Comportment" has been published in Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology.  

A new article by Michael Allen (with Erica von Essen), "Religion, Critical Animal Studies, and the Political Turn: Animal Belonging and Participation from Secular and Religious Perspectives," has been published in Journal for Critical Animal Studies.

Professor Emeritus Richard Kortum's book, Ceremony in Stone: The Biluut Petroglyph Complex: Prehistoric Rock Art in the Mongolian Altai, has been published in English and Mongolian by Nepko, in Ulaanbaatar.

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