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Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Contact: Gary Hardegree
Head of Department: Professor Phillip Bricker. Director of Undergraduate Studies: Associate Professor Gary Hardegree. Distinguished Professor Baker; Professors Antony, Feldman, Kornblith, Levine, O’Neill; Associate Professors Hardegree, Klement; Assistant Professors Garcia, Graham, Meacham; Adjunct Assistant Professor Richardson.
Whatever your career aspirations, the study of philosophy can help in strengthening your preparation, through developing your capacities to think and reason well, to deal critically and analytically with the ideas, the concepts, the problems, and the methodologies central to your chosen profession. Yet, the study of philosophy equips you not just with skills for a trade or profession; it equips you with an important skill for living. No matter where you go or what you do, you will always live day by day with yourself. One of the things philosophy does is to prepare you for this most important activity of living for and with yourself. This does not mean that it teaches you a selfish activity; rather that it helps to instill self-understanding. Philosophy helps you to learn by doing, by actively doing analysis, questioning, reflecting, and understanding.
Students who major in philosophy must complete at least 10 courses (30 credits) in philosophy, including the following:
Note: PHIL 398W, taken in conjunction with either PHIL 320 or PHIL 321, fulfills the Junior Year Writing requirement.
For the Departmental Honors Program a student must, in addition to meeting these major requirements, maintain a high grade point average, complete an advanced course in logic and two departmental honors courses, and write an honors thesis. For details, consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Almost all professional philosophers are teachers of philosophy in colleges and universities. To prepare for college teaching one must do graduate work toward a Ph.D. Even with a Ph.D., one’s prospects for teaching philosophy in a college or university are likely to be somewhat limited.
Students must complete a minimum of five courses (15 credits) including three courses above the 100 level. Normally, students organize their study so as to focus on one area within philosophy. A student planning to minor in philosophy should consult the undergraduate adviser.