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Why study Philosophy?

  • You’ve always asked yourself questions, wondering why humans do what they do, whether there are any ethical values, how to act and think politically, how is that we can have knowledge of the world, whether God exists … and countless other questions.
  • You’ve always been keen to develop your critical thinking skills and enjoyed making and defending arguments.
  • You’ve always placed a value on expressing your ideas clearly, coherently, and compelling as well as been curious to exchange your ideas and thoughts with other.
  • You’ve always been engaged in social, cultural, and political issues, and believe that the advancement of ethical values and political ideals is crucial to the well-being of our world.
  • You’ve always been interested in how other cultures and historical epochs organized their respective world-views and thought-systems, and what, if any, patterns of thinking and belief, in ethics, in the arts, in politics, and in knowledge, might be found across the diversity of human life.

Defined as the “love of wisdom,” the study of philosophy as an undergraduate degree provides an in-depth and diverse study of fundamental issues that inescapably confront all persons.

Philosophers or individuals with training in philosophy are engaged in the world today in a variety of ways. The study of philosophy will allow you to enhance your imaginative, interpretive, analytical, critical, and communicative capacities. Majors in philosophy acquire intellectual abilities crucial for self-fulfillment, responsible participation in public life, and success in a wide range of careers—including law, business, education, journalism, medicine, and public service.