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Congratulations to Dr. David Harker, recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Faculty Research Award!

Watch a short video synopsis of the issues Dr. Harker engages in his book, Creating Scientific Controversies: Uncertainty and Bias in Science and Society.

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 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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events Events

The Justice, Health, and Humanities Lecture is October 10, 2017

5:15 pm - Meet and Greet
6:00 pm - Lecture

Thomas, Shapiro, PhD*, will present:

"Toxic: Economic Inequality Meets Racial Injustice"

Millennium Centre Ballroom, Second Floor
Free and open to the public!
Co-Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Humanities and the College of Public Health.

*For more information about Dr. Shapiro and his publications and research interests, click here.



news News
  • Congratulations to John Austin Green, who was chosen as the Outstanding Student in Philosophy for 2017, and Alex DeStafeno, winner of the Niall Shanks Memorial Honors Thesis Scholarship!

  • Dr. Michael Allen's monograph entitled Civil Disobedience in Global Perspective: Decency and Dissent over Borders, Inequities, and Government Secrecy has been accepted for publication.

  • Two members of our faculty have been selected to receive Distinguished Faculty Awards for 2017.  Congratulations to Dr. Keith Green for recognition of his service to the university, and to Dr. David Harker for recognition of his achievements in research and scholarship!

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


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