Students learn both historical and critical approaches to the discipline in this program, which introduces philosophy’s roots—the notions, arguments, and intellectual movements that influenced thought throughout history—and teaches students to think analytically, support their own ideas, and form defensible positions.
Majors complete at least 10½ courses in philosophy, junior and senior tutorials, and comprehensive examinations. Majors also write a 20–30-page senior essay for which they must make an effective oral presentation and defend their thesis.
The department’s popular Philosophy Club sponsors events including a screening and discussion of films that raise philosophical and moral questions. Recent selections have included Fight Club, Sling Blade, Pi, and American History X.