Western Washington University · Bellingham, Washington
What is the study of Philosophy?
Philosophy is among the oldest of intellectual disciplines. Among the questions dealt with in philosophy courses are “What is knowledge?”, “What is truth?”, and “Does God exist?” The Philosophy Department believes that consideration of these, and related questions, is fundamental to being educated and, as such, should be of interest to all students. The Department offers a wide range of courses in most of the traditional areas of philosophical concern such as ethics, epistemology, logic, metaphysics, and the history of philosophy.
Why Should I Consider this Major?
Work in Philosophy fits well into many pre-professional programs, including law school. Emphasizing, as it does, careful, deep, critical analysis of concepts and problems, Philosophy is an excellent major for students who will seek positions in business and government which require a liberal arts background.
“Western’s philosophy department is comprised of highly distinguished, first-rate philosophers who have earned international reputations for their work. While they disagree on many substantive philosophical issues, the members of Western’s philosophy faculty are unified by their mutual respect for one another, their unyielding dedication to pedagogy, and their shared commitment to providing each of their students with an outstanding undergraduate education.”
- Hud Hudson, Faculty
“The members of Western’s philosophy faculty are unified by an unyielding commitment to excellence. This commitment is manifest not only in their teaching and research (both of which have earned the department international recognition), but also in the undergraduate community that they continually foster—a collaborative community in which new ideas and fresh perspectives are cultivated and cherished.”
- Alex Rivera, Student
- News Writer