Department of Philosophy
Sergio La Porta, Chair
Music Building, Room 102
BA in Philosophy, B.A.
BA in Philosophy - Prelaw Option, B.A.
BA in Philosophy - Religious Studies Option, B.A.
MN in Philosophy, Minor
MN in Peace & Conflict Studies, Minor
MN in Middle East Studies, Minor
Philosophy is one of the fundamental domains of human thought. It grows out of basic
life questions, including questions of ethics, religion, politics, and science. The
study of philosophy has had an historic role in the core of sound education, because
it helps sharpen skills of careful, independent thinking and aids people of all ages
in defining their most important values and beliefs. The examination of great philosophical
ideas, and the emphasis on clear reasoning and personal development that are involved
in philosophy serve as a strong foundation for life, regardless of one's career objectives.
The Department of Philosophy offers students the following opportunities for a rich and rewarding undergraduate experience: the traditional B.A. philosophy major, the prelaw option, the religious studies option, and the philosophy minor. The department provides ample opportunity for individual attention and student participation in its activities, e.g., student Philosophy Club, symposia, colloquia, etc.
The Prelaw Option emphasizes analytical skills, ethics, and values courses. Law schools seek a broad general education background and do not recommend any specific major. Students who enjoy philosophy and are interested in law should find this option an excellent way to combine their interests.
The Religious Studies Option offers objective methods for exploring the vast and complex human experience known as religion. This study is done with an appreciation for the variety and diversity of religious beliefs and expressions. This option provides students with an academic approach to religion in personal, social, historical, and global contexts.