philosophy

Philosophy can be studied in many programs and courses, allowing you to rigorously investigate claims about the grounds of existence, the possibilities for knowledge, the nature of justice, and the existence of God—to name a few.

Faculty members have expertise in the theory of knowledge, ethics, aesthetics, the philosophy of science, linguistics, and the philosophy of religion. Both Eastern and Western ways of knowing are represented in our curriculum.

How to Create Your Path

You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.

Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.

If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).

If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.

Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.

Planned offerings for 2018–19
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Africa Is Not a Country FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Between Certainty and Doubt: Logic and Knowledge FR-SR
  • Spring
8
Caring for a Living Planet: Ecology and Ethics SO-SR
  • Fall
8
China and Japan: Traditional and Contemporary "Silk Roads" FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
8, 12
Common Ground: Politics, Faith, and Community FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Communicating Science in the Disinformation Era FR-SR
  • Winter
16
Critical Reasoning FR-SR
  • Fall
4
EastWest Psychology: Destructive Mind/Emotion FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Epic Journeys: From Homer to Dante SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Evolutionary Processes from DNA to the Fossil Record JR-SR
  • Fall
16
Existential Thought in Philosophy, Literature, and Arts SO-SR
  • Winter
8, 12, 16
Experiments in Text FR-SR
  • Fall
4
Gateways for Incarcerated Youth: Critical Literacy and Critical Numeracy SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
God(s): An Inquiry SO-SR
  • Winter
16
How Do You Know What You Know? SO-SR
  • Spring
8
Inscribing the Body: Embodiment and the Performance of Identity in Creative Writing FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Languages of Unsaying: Islam, Secularism, and American Poetry JR-SR
  • Spring
16
Liberal Education in the College Bubble: Crossing the Political and Cultural Divide FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Medieval Mystics: Artistic Inquiry and Printmaking SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Nietzsche: The Wanderer and His Shadow JR-SR
  • Fall
12, 16
Physical Systems and Applied Mathematics SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Political Economy of Public Education: History and Philosophy SO-SR
  • Winter
16
Shifting the Margins: Revolutionary Writing in Times of Crisis FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Student-Originated Studies: Literature, Philosophy, Myth/Religion and Writing SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Studio Projects: Land and Sky FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
The Burden of Representation: Photography and What We Show SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
The German Program: Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, Cultural Studies, and Social Psychology FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
4, 12, 16
Theory and Practice of Painting SO-SR
  • Fall
16
Undergraduate Research in the Humanities JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
0
Utopian Dreams, Dystopian Nightmares SO-SR
  • Winter
8
Veterans' Next Mission: Crossing the Bridge Between Military and Academic Life FR-SR
  • Spring
2
Visual Literacies FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Who Do You Think You Are? SO-SR
  • Winter
8
Planned offerings for 2019–20
Class Standing Quarters Offered Credits
Almighty God(s): Religion and Power in the Near and Middle East SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Arts, Culture, and Spirit on Silk Roads FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
8
Clones and Mutants: Genetics and Photography FR-SR
  • Fall
16
Critical Reasoning FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Critical Vision: Art and Biology SO-JR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Epic Journeys: From Homer to Dante SO-SR
  • Spring
16
Experiments in Text FR-SR
  • Fall
4
French Language, Arts, and Culture: Dark Romantics SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Gateways for Incarcerated Youth JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Illustrations of Character: Faith, Reason, and Ethics FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Inscribing the Body: Embodiment and the Performance of Identity in Creative Writing FR-SR
  • Winter
4
Introduction to Interdisciplinary Inquiry: Experience and Experiment FR
  • Fall
16
Liberty, Equality, Authority: Modern Political Philosophy JR-SR
  • Winter
8
Mathematical Systems SO-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Matter and Motion FR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
10, 16
Music Intensive: Introduction to Music Theory FR-SR
  • Spring
16
Shifting the Margins: Revolutionary Writing in Times of Crisis FR-SR
  • Spring
4
Studio Projects in Interdisciplinary Art: Material Gestures in a Shared Space FR-SO
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
16
Temporality, Word and Image JR-SR
  • Fall
  • Winter
16
Veterans' Next Mission: Crossing the Bridge Between Military and Academic Life FR-SR
  • Spring
2
Visual Literacies FR-SR
  • Spring
4