Department Chairperson: Dr. Wioleta Polinska
The Philosophy Department provides opportunities that challenge students to develop critical and synthetic reasoning skills through reading philosophical texts and discussion of philosophical problems in historical context, to develop the capacity for effective verbal and written expression of their own understanding of philosophical problems and to develop an understanding and appreciation of the normative dimension of life.
Philosophy claims that an unexamined life is unworthy of a human being. By studying philosophers of the past and present, students learn to think critically and reflectively about the fundamental problems of human existence, such as whether or how true knowledge is possible, the sources and justifications for moral values, the existence of a knowable god, humankind's relation to nature, the nature of beauty and art and the meaning of justice. Philosophy courses emphasize the ability to analyze and develop rational arguments on life's most perplexing issues. A major in philosophy is excellent preparation for a career in business and professions such as law, medicine or ministry, as well as for the teaching of philosophy.
Degree offered: B.A.