The core of a liberal education
For centuries, philosophers have asked difficult questions about issues that are at the center of human existence. What is the meaning and purpose of human life? How do minds differ from machines? How can one distinguish between right and wrong actions? Are there reasons to think that there is a God? By studying philosophy, you'll meet some of the greatest minds of human history. You'll learn to think critically, read carefully, analyze arguments — in short, you'll acquire the skills to make a living. More importantly, you'll learn how to make your life worth living.
The Philosophy Department offers degrees in Philosophy and Philosophy Pre-Law. Both programs are designed to train their students in thinking critically, communicating effectively, and exercising ethical judgment. Learn more about our programs of study »
The Department of Philosophy offers undergraduate research opportunities. Learn more »
Joel MacClellan, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy, has taken over as Editor-in-Chief of the Animal & Society Institute's Sloth: Journal of Emerging Voices in Human-Animal Studies, the top HAS undergraduate journal.
Philosophy major Thanh Mai has won a Fulbright award at the Universiteit Hasselt in Belgium during the 2018-2019 academic year. After she completes her time in Belgium, she will begin graduate work in philosophy at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Congratulations, Thanh!