- Bistro Philosophy: A monthly gathering of philosophy students and faculty at a local bistro to discuss concepts taught in classes, then brainstorming and expanding upon them creatively to address “burning questions” that arise through the semester.
- Philosophy Intersections: A series of discussions and lectures that highlights work among disciplines campus-wide, where students and faculty look at how their fields intersect and interact with Philosophy.
Faculty & Staff
Director, Graduate Program in Creative Writing
Office Location: Taylor Hall 222B
Professor of Philosophy, Director of Philosophy Program
Office Location: Taylor Hall 208D
Professor of Communication Arts
Office Location: Taylor Hall 212E
Philosophy students explore the history of philosophy, examine diverse worldviews and analyze the core assumptions underlying contemporary society. Philosophy as a discipline allows individuals to see the world from varied perspectives and helps provide practical, rational approaches to evaluate ideas. The Philosophy minor deepens the value of a liberal arts education itself by providing the intellectual skills needed to understand and appreciate relationships among other fields of study.
The Philosophy minor consists of six classes, immersing students in an interdisciplinary environment. The program is efficiently designed. For most upper-division courses, only one general education course in Philosophy is required, and students may choose from a variety of classes that best suit their interests. Classes feature topics on Women and Gender in Philosophy, Eastern Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion and Philosophy of Science (among others). The Philosophy Program also hosts “Philosophy Intersections,” a campus-wide series of lectures and discussions that highlights the philosophical foundations of the fields of study offered at Western.
Careers & Opportunities
Critical thinking, reasoning and writing skills learned in philosophy classes serve students throughout their lives and within any field they choose to pursue, especially careers in law, politics, science, business and information technology. The ability to analyze situations from multiple points of view aids careers in education, communication, social work, marketing, public relations and human resources.
For students looking at graduate schools, a Philosophy minor sharpens verbal and analytical skills needed for entrance exams such as the GRE, LSAT and GMAT. Most importantly, the philosophy program prepares students for the level and type of discourse involved in graduate education.
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