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Chair’s Message

The study of philosophy results not just in an understanding of philosophical theories and arguments but also in a heightened ability to reason critically and write well regardless of the topic. These are valuable skills — in your career and in life — regardless of your interests.

Philosophy is broad in scope and concerns fundamental questions about rationality, existence and value. You’ll weigh in on questions that society struggles with today:

  • What is truth?
  • Does God exist?
  • Is torture morally permissible?
  • Is there an ideal judicial system?
  • What is rational belief?


You’ll acquire knowledge and skills — complex problem solving, communication skills, persuasive reasoning and writing skills — that you can apply to any endeavor.


What careers connect to philosophy degrees? The list is extensive. Learn more about philosophy’s vast sub-fields with this brief guide for undergraduates.

John Harris, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy