Most disciplines have their origins in philosophy, and philosophy still underlies them all. Nevertheless, certain questions are enduringly philosophical — peculiarly fundamental questions concerning the ultimate nature of values, knowledge, and reality. Philosophy thus investigates general topics of human interest: morality and the good life, law and the political life, God and the sacred, good and bad reasoning, evidence and discovery, art and the beautiful. Studying philosophy requires learning how to listen and how to discuss; it involves sifting through ideas and articulating thoughts in ways that others can follow. It is little wonder, therefore, that not only is a degree in philosophy valuable in itself, but it is also widely recognized as an excellent preparation for careers in academics, law, medicine, and even business.
David Beisecker, Ph.D., Chair