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The Department of Philosophy

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Degrees Available at SIUE


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Details about the philosophy major and minor at SIUE

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SIUE Undergraduate Catalog



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WHY PHILOSOPHY?

Philosophy is interesting.  In a philosophy class, you think about the big questions, like: What gives life meaning?  What is justice?  What is knowledge?  But think about this, too: if you want to get a good job after college, or go to graduate or professional school, philosophy is a smart choice.  That’s because philosophy teaches the skills you need to succeed in any career.  

Philosophy is the attempt to think carefully, clearly, and critically about the nature of the world, the significance of life, and the goals that people should pursue both as individuals and as a society. As these pursuits involve inquiring into the reasons and justifications for various beliefs and attitudes, philosophy also deals with the nature of knowledge and the standards for rational justification.

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WHAT CAN I DO WITH A PHILOSOPHY MAJOR?

 

Law Finance Social Work Journalism Public Relations
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The philosophy major teaches you to solve complex problems, generate ideas, communicate clearly, adapt to change, and think creatively.  Those are exactly the skills potential employers want, and they’re the skills that will help you advance in your career.  The philosophy major will help prepare you for graduate or professional school, too.  Philosophy students score higher on the LSAT than students from any other major.  They also earn the highest scores on the verbal and analytical writing portions of the GRE, and they’re among the highest scorers on the GMAT.

 

MAJORING IN PHILOSOPHY AT SIUE

 To graduate with a major in philosophy at SIUE you must complete 33 hours of course work in philosophy.  There are some distribution requirements (you’ll take courses in value theory and the history of philosophy, for example), but we’ve designed the major to give students lots of flexibility in selecting courses.  We’ve also designed it so that it’s easy to make philosophy part of a double major.  

CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY

Dr. Judith Crane, Chair, Peck Hall 3211, jcrane@siue.edu 

Dr. Matthew Cashen, Philosophy Advisor, Peck Hall 3207, mcashen@siue.edu  

Dr. Matthew Schunke, Religious Studies Advisor, Peck Hall 3232 mschunk@siue.edu

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