Philosophy (love of wisdom) explores fundamental issues that have intrigued and perplexed human beings for millennia, including the nature of reality, human knowledge and truth, mind and personal identity, and the application of ethical principles to moral problems.
The study of philosophy fosters the ability to think critically, to identify and analyze complex problems, to use higher-order reasoning skills through the consistent application of deductive and inductive logical principles, to comprehend multiple perspectives on a specific topic, to communicate effectively and persuasively, and to formulate solutions and evaluate possible outcomes on a wide range of subjects.
Students of philosophy learn the value of living an examined life, not only by studying the great thinkers of the past, but also by articulating and defending their own carefully formulated ideas.
Religious Studies Concentration
The religious studies track within the BA in philosophy is an interdisciplinary program that integrates the interactions between religion and other spheres of human activity, such as art, music, literature and politics. Philosophy majors with a concentration in religion will gain a deeper understanding of religion as an impulse, a practice and a historical force. Program graduates may pursue careers as an outreach worker, missionary, humanitarian services worker or may pursue careers in ministry.