Philosophy FAQ

Find information on philosophy, the major & minor, requirements and more.

Philosophy — a term derived from the ancient Greek philosophia — means "love of wisdom."

As a discipline, philosophy strives to seek thoughtful and rigorous responses to the most fundamental "why?" questions about ourselves, the universe and our place in the universe. Some areas include ethics (how do we tell right from wrong?), epistemology (what is knowledge?), political philosophy (what is justice?), logic (how do we reason well?) metaphysics (what really exists?) and more.

Philosophy prepares you to think critically and creatively, write thoughtfully and consider new ideas rigorously. It's a solid foundation for almost any career.

Philosophy prepares you for a more rewarding life and for professions that emphasize analytic thinking and argumentation, such as law, journalism, teaching, business, programming and more.


For more information, see our resources and data on the power of philosophy.

Contact the professor you want to study with directly. If you need any advice on best practices for approaching them, contact Professor Amie Macdonald.

Contact our executive assistant, Erica Plass.

This is up to individual professors' discretion. Contact the instructor directly and ask for their permission.

Contact the Major & Minor Coordinator, Professor Amie Macdonald, for advice.

First speak with your professor directly. If you continue to have concerns, contact the Department Chair, Professor Michael Brownstein.

Contact Professor Michael Brownstein and express interest in joining the Philosophy Club!