The mission of the philosophy program is to facilitate students’ development into persons with open, flexible, creative and critical minds, primarily through the development of their skills of interpreting and critically evaluating ideas, beliefs, values and conceptions of the world.

Philosophy students will gain philosophical knowledge about philosophical terms, figures, ideas and arguments. Students will learn to formulate their own ideas about these concepts and express these ideas in writing and in discussion with classmates and professors. Philosophy students will also learn to identify and analyze philosophical arguments.

Study in philosophy will benefit students with diverse areas of interest. Students learn a variety of portable skills that studies have shown are valued by employers of all types.