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Along with the Core Courses in the major, students that wish to concentrate in Philosophy must complete 15 hours of coursework. Nine of those hours of the concentration must be at the 300 or 400 level or other approved courses.

Information on Studying Philosophy

"Is it better to 'think', without having a critical awareness, in a disjointed and episodic way? Or, on the other hand, is it better to work out consciously and critically one's own concept of the world and thus, in connection with the labors of one's own brain, choose one's sphere of activity, take an active part in the creation of the history of the world, be one's own guide, refusing to accept passively and supinely from outside the molding of ones' personality?"
-Antonio Gramsci

"There are moments in life where the question of knowing whether one might think otherwise than one thinks and perceive otherwise than one sees is indispensable if one is to continue to observe or reflect . . . What is philosophy today. . . if it does not consist in, instead of legitimizing what we already know, undertaking to know how and how far it might be possible to think otherwise?"
-Michel Foucault

By studying philosophy, you will acquire refined critical reasoning skills, a global-intellectual perspective and rigorous methods for addressing perennial human questions of existence, faith, politics, ethics and history. In your pursuit of a higher education, philosophy directs you to substantially confront the roots of your practical endeavors as well as your lifelong passions.

We realize in addition to being enriched through higher education, you are seeking a college degree to further your career ambitions. Even if you plan on pursuing a career not in Philosophy, but rather in Medicine, Law, Business or another field in which you will be pursuing graduate studies, consider the following:
  • If you are considering graduate school, you will have to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Philosophy majors score higher on the GRE than all but four other majors and highest of all humanities degrees.1 In fact, no major has a higher mean on the Verbal portion2 , and only physics, engineering and mathematics scored higher on the quantitative portion.3
  • If you are considering law school, you will have to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). Philosophy majors scored 10% higher than political science majors on the LSAT.4
  • If you are considering further studies in business, you will have to take the General Management Admission Test (GMAT). Philosophy majors outperformed every other major (except mathematics) on the GMAT.

The vast majority of students today work in areas beyond their professional training. In fact, you are likely to have more than 10 jobs before you are 40.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Religious Studies & Philosophy
Ken Parsons, Ph.D., Chair, Religious Studies & Philosophy