Course Catalog

Program in Physics


Diane Grossman, Chair and Professor of Philosophy
Robb Eason, Lecturer
Shirong Luo, Associate Professor of Philosophy
Wanda Torres Gregory, Professor


Philosophy is that discipline in which questioning is central. Studying philosophy cultivates sensitivity to values, to systems of thought, and to other people. By emphasizing critical analysis and clarity in thinking, philosophy fosters the intellectual flexibility necessary to meet any challenge. The philosophy major provides excellent preparation for graduate work in law, theology, education, psychology, health fields, and public policy. In addition, however, philosophy cultivates skills that 21st century employers tell researchers they seek in their employees: critical thinking, strong written and oral communication skills, and the ability to deal with ambiguity.

Students may elect a double major if they wish to relate their study of philosophy directly to another subject. In the past, students have chosen double majors coupling philosophy with women’s and gender studies, management, political science, English, nursing, and psychology. A philosophy minor is also a popular option.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Knowledge of the main problems and positions spanning the history of philosophy;
  2. Knowledge of the basic theory and standard methods of analysis and evaluation in (mathematical or informal) logic;
  3. Knowledge of a variety of ethical theories and their application; and
  4. In-depth understanding of particular philosophical problems, domains, or positions.

Departmental Honors

Students eligible for honors in philosophy must have a GPA of 3.67 or higher in philosophy, complete a thesis in philosophy by taking PHIL 355 (two semesters), receive a grade of A or A- in that thesis, and present their thesis to the faculty of the Philosophy Department.