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Philosophy has been referred to as the "most practical major" by The Atlantic magazine and the "ultimate transferable work skill" by The Times of London. Leaders in law, business, media and the tech world - from LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman to Flickr founder Stewart Butterfield - say that studying philosophy was the secret to their success as digital entrepreneurs. Make your own impactful contribution to society when you learn to identify and solve problems through deep thinking and analysis.
Gain real-world knowledge through key courses including:
Philosophy of Mind and Emerging Artificial Intelligence: Learn key theories related to the brain, body, self and emerging Artificial Intelligence; explore concepts including consciousness, self-awareness and the meaning of creating sentient robots.
Comparative World Philosophy: Survey some of the greatest contributions to major questions that concern issues such as the good life, the self, theories of knowledge and more.
Environmental Ethics: Gain an understanding of ethical approaches to conservation and preservation.
Health Care Ethics: Learn about introductory key ethical values and frameworks as the bases for application to moral concerns and decisions made in health care.
The philosophy department encourages all students to complete internships, earn college credits and gain practical experience with:
In addition, students have the opportunity to complement their degree with a minor in philosophy or health care ethics.
Philosophy majors earn an average annual salary that ranges from $44,700 to $84,100, according to PayScale.com.
“Through my exploration of the sciences, I felt that I wasn’t exploring all aspects of knowledge that I wanted to. Studying philosophy gives me the opportunity to dive deeper into concepts such as ethics that I will utilize in my future career as a physician (and in life in general).”
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Stephanie BarnhizerAssistant Professor
William HaggertyAssociate Professor
Aaron KerrAssociate Professor
Michael LatzerAssociate Professor
Jason MitchellAssistant Professor
David NordquestAssistant Professor
Dominic PriantiAssistant Professor
Tyler PerkinsAdjunct Lecturer
Bryan PriorAdjunct Lecturer