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College of Arts and Sciences


Philosophy is the activity of examining the world, especially human practices and institutions, in an effort to gain understanding or wisdom. It typically involves a careful scrutiny of the basic concepts and assumptions of practices or institutions.

Throughout history, philosophy has played a major role in bringing about changes in thought that have enabled modern science, religious toleration, and social and political reform.  Periods of history in which philosophical inquiry was banned or restricted have proven to be dark ages. 

At the College of Arts & Sciences, the Department of Philosophy helps students apply the study of philosophy to modern life.  The skills that one learns in philosophy – the ability to think and write clearly and to work out successful resolutions or problems in committees or groups -- are crucial to success in most any career.

Undergraduates are provided key components of a liberal arts education.  The department has a longtime strength in teaching the history of philosophy, and in recent years has also established strengths in practical ethics and in the history and philosophy of science. Undergraduates who successfully complete the program are awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy

Career options that are directly related to philosophy include:  administrator, advertising executive, bank officer, computer systems analyst, congressional staff member, diplomat, editor, intelligence research specialist, investment broker, management analyst, policy and planning consultant, professor, public information specialist, teacher, technical writer, and many others.  A major or minor in philosophy is excellent preparation for law, medical, or divinity school.

For further information, contact:

Dr. Jerald T. Wallulis, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Philosophy, 803-777-3730,

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