philosophy

Philosophy can be studied in many programs and courses, allowing you to rigorously investigate claims about the grounds of existence, the possibilities for knowledge, the nature of justice, and the existence of God—to name a few.

Faculty members have expertise in the theory of knowledge, ethics, aesthetics, the philosophy of science, linguistics, and the philosophy of religion. Both Eastern and Western ways of knowing are represented in our curriculum.

How to Choose Your Path

You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.

Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.

If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).

If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.

Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.

Planned offerings for 2018–19
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Between Certainty and Doubt: Logic and Knowledge FR-SR
  • Spring
8
Caring for a Living Planet: Ecology and Ethics SO-SR
  • Fall
8
China and Japan: Traditional and Contemporary "Silk Roads" FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
8, 12
Common Ground: Politics, Faith, and Community FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Critical Reasoning FR-SR
  • Fall
4
EastWest Psychology: Destructive Mind/Emotion FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Epic Journeys: From Homer to Dante SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Ethics at Work FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Existential Thought in Philosophy, Literature, and Arts SO-SR
  • Winter
8, 12, 16
How to Study Memes FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Independent Readings in the French Revolution FR-SR
  • Summer
4, 6, 8
Languages of Unsaying: Islam, Secularism, and American Poetry JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Liberal Education in the College Bubble: Crossing the Political and Cultural Divide FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Nietzsche: The Wanderer and His Shadow JR-SR
  • Fall
12, 16
Political Economy of Public Education: History and Philosophy SO-SR
  • Winter
16
Student-Originated Studies: Literature, Philosophy, Myth/Religion and Writing SO-SR
  • Spring
16
The German Program: Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, Cultural Studies, and Social Psychology FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
4, 12, 16
The Idea of God FR-SR
  • Summer
4
Undergraduate Research in the Humanities JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
0
Utopian Dreams, Dystopian Nightmares SO-SR
  • Winter
8
Who Do You Think You Are? SO-SR
  • Winter
8
Planned offerings for 2019–20
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Arts, Culture, and Spirit on Silk Roads FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
8, 12
Consciousness, Dreams, and Beliefs: Personal Applications (Spring) JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Consciousness, Dreams, and Beliefs: Personal Applications (Winter) JR-SR
  • Winter
16
Critical Reasoning FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Doing Good and Doing Well: Ethics and Sustainable Business Management SO-SR
  • Winter
8
French Language, Arts, and Culture: Dark Romantics SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Illustrations of Character: Faith, Reason, and Ethics FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Student-Originated Studies: Walking SO-SR
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Temporality, Word and Image JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Thinking Clearly in Difficult Times FR-SR
  • Fall
8
Veterans' Next Mission: Crossing the Bridge Between Military and Academic Life FR-SR
  • Spring
2