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The Department of Philosophy is renowned for its groundbreaking research and exceptional scholarship. By focusing on the development of critical thinking, reasoning, and analysis, an education in philosophy prepares students for a broad range of professional careers. But perhaps most importantly, it teaches students how to apply what they’ve learned to their everyday situations so they can lead more fulfilling and well-rounded lives.

The program encourages students to pursue whatever courses and ideas capture their interest. Core fields include logic, ethics, metaphysics and the theory of knowledge, while specialized fields include the philosophy of science, the philosophy of art and the philosophy of religion. The graduate and undergraduate communities both strive to engage with philosophical ideas in ways that are rigorous and meaningful, both before and after graduation.