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Philosophy

Philosophy is the rational investigation of fundamental problems of human life, knowledge, values and reasoning. 

In order to do philosophy well, one must have a high level of reading comprehension, clarity of thought and good communication skills, both oral and written. Put simply, then, philosophy teaches one how to read, think, speak and write well. These skills are fundamental to all intellectual endeavors. It's no coincidence that some of history's greatest scientists, theologians and artists were also philosophers.

Because the study of philosophy teaches students to think logically, critically and ethically, philosophy majors are well prepared to pursue any number of challenging careers. The cognitive skills learned as a philosophy major are important in any number of professions such as:

  • Teaching
  • Research analysis
  • Management
  • Engineering
  • Computer programming
  • Medicine

Philosophy graduates are well prepared to seek graduate training in law, philosophy, theology, politics, computer science, social science teaching, medicine, business and other areas.


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