What is Philosophy?
Philosophy, the oldest and most basic of the liberal arts disciplines, continues to
provide the broad intellectual foundation essential to assuming leadership roles within
a quickly changing society. Additionally, a major or minor in philosophy serves to
balance the increasingly narrow specialization typical of many of today’s majors in
The abilities to analyze and synthesize ideas are developed; one’s critical thinking skills are sharpened; and moral and aesthetic sensitivities are given greater depth.
A major in philosophy serves as a most appropriate pathway to law school, divinity school and various graduate programs in management and administration, as well as the graduate study of philosophy itself. A major or minor in philosophy , in tandem with a major in a narrower professional field, will serve the student well as career advancement comes to require flexibility of mind, and insight into the essentials of a situation, as well as technical skills.