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Department of Philosophy

 hilosophy is the attempt to give rigorous and systematic answers to life's fundamental questions. Studying philosophy trains your mind to think critically and analytically by considering such questions as:

  • Is there a real difference between right and wrong?
  • Am I free to make genuine choices in my life?
  • What is a good life?
  • Does God exist?
  • Do I have a soul?
  • What gives governments the authority to make laws?
  • Is it ethical to eat animals?
  • What is justice?
  • What is art?

Philosophy emphasizes problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. So, philosophy is useful whether you choose to take one course, a few, or go on to major. Philosophy majors work in many different fields—law, education, information and computer technology, business, journalism, psychology, ministry, health care, etc. Their sharpened thinking skills come in handy no matter what profession they choose.

The Department of Philosophy is located on the first floor of Hartwell Hall. (One floor up from the ground floor.) If you are interested in what philosophy is, come on by. We are always happy to talk about philosophy.

If you are interested in what a philosophy major can do for you, click here. Or contact Dr. Gordon Barnes at