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Welcome to the Department of Philosophy

Congratulations to Our Outstanding 2014 Graduate!

Francisco Gonzales


The study of philosophy is at the core of a liberal arts education. The ideal of a liberal arts education is not simply to prepare students for a specific career but to prepare them for a meaningful personal life and for intelligent participation in their communities.

Through philosophy and exposure to some of the great minds in human history, students are able to discuss and develop ideas with professors and peers, as well as build the reading, writing, and critical thinking skills that are essential to a human being. Philosophy is personally enriching and develops abilities transferable to a variety of occupations.

Why study philosophy?

The study of philosophy can:

  • Enhance analytical, critical and interpretive capabilities that are applicable to any subject matter
  • Cultivate the appetite for self-expression and reflection, exchange and debate of ideas, life-long learning, and dealing with problems for which there are no easy answers
  • Help prepare one for the tasks of citizenship by providing education that enhances the capacity to participate responsibly and intelligently in public life.

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”

Socrates in Plato's Apology

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