Philosophy is an activity of inquiry as well as a body of knowledge. It is the sense of wonder with which even our everyday experiences are approached. Etymologically the word philosophy means "love of wisdom" in Greek, and the concern of wisdom with lived experience and with leading a good life remain central to the philosophical enterprise. The starting point for the philosophical project is human reason confronting the world of personal and interpersonal experience. The end is understanding reality and making good decisions promoting human and worldly well being.
Philosophers critically examine basic assumptions in any area of study or life, then try to draw conclusions based on sound reasoning. The Philosophy Department serves the broader mission of the College by offering courses designed to help the student develop the ability to think clearly and critically and to make decisions on valid interpretations of reality and defensible values.
Minor: PHL 1105, 2214 and 12 additional credits approved by the department.
The College does not offer a major in philosophy, but for students interested in intense philosophical study beyond the minor and/or in preparation for graduate study in philosophy, law, business, etc., it is possible to do a Humanities Major with philosophy as the primary disciplinary component. For more information, visit the Humanities Major website.