The minor in Philosophy acquaints students with humankind's most fundamental attempts at self-knowledge and provides a basis from which students can formulate their own views of themselves and the world. Philosophy is the oldest academic discipline, and philosophers strive to uncover wisdom in every dimension of human existence. Consequently, philosophy shares interests with, and complements, most other academic disciplines.
The study of Philosophy encourages logical precision, a heightened awareness of assumptions used in any discussion, and an attitude of both open-mindedness and responsible criticism toward new and unusual ideas. That is, the study of philosophy helps students develop their capacities for creative, clear thinking and careful reasoning. The development of these skills, attitudes, and capacities makes the philosophy minor an excellent preparation for graduate or professional study, conscientious citizenship, and a successful career.
The study of Philosophy may also be pursued by selecting the Philosophy and Religion specialization of the Humanities major. Consult the Humanities section of this catalog for the complete degree requirements.