In unphilosophical minds any rare or unexpected thing excites wonder, while in philosophical minds the familiar excites wonder also. -George Santayana
The Philosophy Department offers two majors: Philosophy and Religious Studies. Each is intended to provide a good grounding in its discipline while at the same time providing a solid foundation for graduate or professional studies.
Courses in Philosophy and Religion are also traditional components of a liberal arts education and can contribute to the education of majors and non-majors alike. They have the potential to enrich and empower students by enhancing their understanding of the world in which they live, of their own human nature, of the societies they constitute, and of the values by which they may reasonably guide their lives. In addition, these courses help develop essential intellectual skills such as logical and critical thinking, conceptual synthesis and analysis, theory construction and evaluation, normative reasoning, and textual interpretation and analysis.
Consistent with the mission of the University and the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Philosophy is dedicated to providing high quality undergraduate courses in philosophy and religion, to providing the educational foundations for life-long critical thinking, to engaging in research and scholarly activities in these and related areas and to serving the University and its various communities. The Department emphasizes excellence in teaching undergraduate students.