Philosophy offers a complete undergraduate program in the history and problems of philosophy. Our course offerings provide the intensive education necessary for students planning to use a major in Philosophy as the core of a liberal education, as well as for those intending to pursue graduate and professional studies.
The department is committed to the understanding that the purpose of education is to prepare one for living a good life, part of which is vocational, but part of which is not. In teaching our students how to read thought-provoking texts carefully, texts that ask the big questions about life, how to think analytically and synthetically, and how to write incisively and in an organized manner, we are preparing them for every vocation, as well as preparing them to live well thought-out lives. We thus take seriously Socrates' remark that "the unexamined life is not worth living for a human being."