Philosophy (A)

Philosophy encourages clear and critical thinking, and a rational approach to problem-solving using conceptual analysis, dialogue, and argument.  Due to the interdisciplinary character of philosophy, the minor is a valuable compliment to most majors (in particular, art, history, English, natural science, theology, psychology, social work). The emphasis on the careful statement and evaluation of arguments make philosophy good preparation for those pursuing graduate and professional study, as well as for those entering careers in government, law, political advocacy, and journalism.  Society needs individuals who are able to communicate clearly, to evaluate and construct arguments for or arguments for or against a viewpoints, and to question received ideas.