Professors Maitra (Chair), Burchard, Butler, Davis; Assistant Professor Williams
“Philosophy” once referred to the whole range of human thought about the universe and humanity’s place in it. As other disciples have narrowed their focus, those in the discipline of philosophy have retained an interest in fundamental assumptions and modes of thought. Practitioners of philosophy are especially interested in integrating different aspects of knowledge and assessing humanity’s place in the universe.
A major in Philosophy, in addition to being intrinsically valuable, is an excellent source of the creative critical thinking skills essential to the contemporary economy. In a diverse and increasingly interconnected world, study of Philosophy offers the analytic skills necessary for real-world problem solving. Philosophy is, more specifically, an attractive major to students planning further study in a wide variety of academic and professional fields, as well as those interested in graduate work in philosophy. In addition to the preceding, a second major in Philosophy helps students by complementing their other major and its broader implications.
Declaration of Major in Philosophy
Declaring a major in Philosophy requires the student to satisfy the LANG 120 requirement and then to complete a Declaration of Major form that must be signed by the department chair.