Philosophy is an ongoing pursuit of intellectual refinement, challenge and discovery, rooted in our natural human curiosity and our wish to exercise good judgment in all that we believe and do.

Philosophy familiarizes students with the basic concepts at work in every area of intellectual inquiry and provides skills in constructing and evaluating arguments––whatever their subject matter may be. As a critical approach to all academic disciplines, philosophy helps us avoid overspecialization while enabling us to see the discoveries of every other field in a coherent perspective. Philosophy asks “big” questions, concerning the nature of reality, whether God exists, how the mind works, or what makes something beautiful. It expands our intellects and enlarges our feelings in exciting and rewarding ways.

Minor in Philosophy

Why Study Philosophy?

A degree in philosophy will enrich anyone’s life, but it can also be excellent preparation for a wide variety of careers. Law schools welcome philosophy majors because they can manage complex ideas, questions, and analysis. Philosophy majors thrive in the business world due to their ability to understand multiple perspectives. As technology, medicine, geopolitics, and other forces increasingly give rise to moral dilemmas, those who have studied the great thinkers can provide the insights that lead to reasoned, ethical decision-making.


Richard L. Conolly
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences