"..Philosophy is [among other things] the study of justification. People have many beliefs, but many of them are not justified--that is, they have no good reason for holding them. Philosophy asks, of even the most ordinary, everyday statements, `What are your reasons for believing this?' and `How will you prove to me that what you said was true?' and `If someone denied what you claim, what could you say in defense of your claim against your opponent?' Philosophy is a study of `How do you know?' questions, applied to lots of different kinds of issues, but especially to very general questions about the physical world, the mind, and scientific, religious, and ethical theories." John Hospers, An Introduction to Philosophical Analysis, 1997, p. 6.
Major in Philosophy (BA)
The Major in Philosophy provides students with the understanding of the general intellectual landscape by studying the ideas of the eminent thinkers of the past and present. Studying philosophy will, among other things, allow students to examine and express ideas and arguments clearly, precisely, and logically. Philosophy is a good preparation for careers in law, journalism, business, the civil service and all forms of scholarly activity.
Minor in Philosophy
The minor in Philosophy provides students with the understanding of the general intellectual landscape of philosophy while allowing them to focus on another area of study. Often students will find that interdisciplinary links can develop from their major area of study with their minor area of study.
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