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Welcome to The Department of Philosophy

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 Philosophy 209 Thinking Well- Intro to Logic

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Why Study Philosophy?

We are a small, vibrant department with engaged and inquisitive majors and minors. If you asked one of them why he or she has chosen to pursue a degree in philosophy, you’ll likely hear, “Because I love it!” Our faculty share this passion for inquiry into the most fundamental questions concerning the nature of reality and the place of human beings within it. Our relatively small size fosters a strong sense of community, and students enjoy extensive interaction with faculty members.

For more reasons why

This site contains a good deal of information about our program, our faculty, and opportunities for students. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, give us a call or drop us an email. Or stop in. We are located at 2103 University, in the old round building to the east of the University Suites Dorms (and the dorms are across from the Brady Garage).  Be sure to find us on Facebook and on Twitter @PhilDept.

dining question 2The Department of Philosophy Strategic Plan (2008-2013)

Our Philosophy:
Irrespective of major, every student needs to have good critical reasoning skills and a sense of intellectual history in order to contribute to our shared well-being and prosperity.

Our Vision:
To be recognized as one of the West’s most potent baccalaureate programs in philosophy.

Our Mission:
To inspire every student to think critically and communicate effectively; to produce graduates with the highest degree of competence; and to make substantial contributions in research.

Click here to download the Department of Philosophy Strategic Plan (2008-2013)