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Are you curious about some of the most fundamental questions in life? Do you want a great preparation for various graduate programs? Do you just want to learn how to think more clearly and critically? If so, then this department is the place for you.

Philosophy discusses basic human questions, such as: What is a person? What can we know? What is reality? What’s worth doing in life? Can we hold people responsible for what they do? What is a just institution?

The study of philosophy enhances students’ abilities to develop arguments, think critically and logically, communicate clearly, and write succinctly. It provides an outstanding grounding for a wide range of careers and is excellent preparation for the entrance exams required for professional and graduate programs. Philosophy majors perform among the top 5 to 10 percent on the LSAT, GMAT, GRE and the like. Philosophy also complements other areas of study, including the sciences and math, English, history, government, and psychology.

The department sponsors an annual colloquium series and a biennial conference. Our colloquium events can be found on the events calendar. To keep up with other departmental news and events, explore the links on this page.