The principal emphasis of the department in its undergraduate programs is on a liberal arts education. Philosophy is fundamentally an adventure of the mind. Philosophy majors read and discuss the ideas generated by some of the greatest thinkers in history. The student will also learn to look at contemporary theoretical problems from a philosophical perspective. Because the study of philosophy develops a student's ability to analyze ideas and arguments, to think critically, and to write well, a major in philosophy provides appropriate pre-professional preparation for various fields, including law, medicine, psychology and theology. Additionally, the major provides preparation for students interested in obtaining a background for graduate work in philosophy.
A philosophy minor is compatible with almost any other major and is especially complementary to such occupational majors as nursing, psychology, business, engineering, journalism and administration of justice.
The graduate program leads to the MA. It forms the foundation for doctoral study, prepares the candidate for teaching philosophy at the community college level, provides an opportunity for the application of philosophy, and offers an opportunity for continued personal development and education.