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What does the philosophy program offer its students?

Philosophy literally means the "love of wisdom." As a discipline of the mind, it calls us to think critically about the most fundamental questions of life. What does it mean to be human? How are humans related to the rest of reality? What constitutes reality? Is the universe friendly or indifferent to human purpose? To what extent are we free or not free? What purposes ought we to pursue? What are the possibilities and limitations of human power and understanding? By what criteria can such questions be addressed? What constitutes knowledge? Are there different ways of knowing? What role do assumptions play in what we think is true?

By challenging students to think carefully about questions like these, the philosophy program provides an excellent foundation for graduate school as well as a pathway not only to making a life but also to making a living in careers such as law, teaching, business, the ministry, journalism, and art.

The philosophy program offers both a major and minor, stressing the whole sweep of the history of philosophy rather than any particular philosophy. It also offers courses important to students majoring in other disciplines, courses such as Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics, Philosophy of Religion, and Philosophy of Law.

A student majoring in philosophy may graduate with honors in philosophy by maintaining a high grade point average, and in the senior year completing an independent research project.

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The study of philosophy is of value to a student as a person, no matter what specific career that student may have in mind. Philosophy is an excellent foundation for graduate preparation for a career in the following:

  • Law
  • Teaching
  • Business
  • Ministry
  • Journalism
  • The arts
  • and many more

After attaining a bachelor's degree, many students go on to graduate school. There is no career or profession whose foundations are untouched by philosophy. Philosophy graduates from UW-Platteville are now employed in a great variety of ways, as there is always a demand for able and thoughtful persons.

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