Undergraduate courses in philosophy are designed to impart knowledge of fundamental issues and main developments in philosophy while strengthening logical and analytical skills. A major in philosophy develops abilities useful for graduate or professional work in many fields—law, for example—and for any situation requiring clear, systematic thinking. A graduate degree in philosophy is necessary for college teaching in philosophy. Philosophy is also an important part of two interdisciplinary certificate programs:
The department offers a Bachelor of Arts and a minor in philosophy.