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The Department of Philosophy provides students with an intellectual foundation from which to examine their own beliefs, academic interests, and personal concerns. The curriculum explores the history of philosophy, examining questions of logic, ethics, and aesthetics—and preparing students for careers as teachers, policy analysts, researchers, editors, curriculum specialists, and writers.
Student research is encouraged through independent study and Honors projects. Recent Honors theses in philosophy include “A Discourse on the Philosophy of Animal Rights,” “Hermann Hesse and Friedrich Nietzsche: A Philosophical Exploration,” and a study concerning whether objectivity is possible. The department sponsors the Philosophy Club, and off-campus opportunities are available through study with philosophers from other LVAIC institutions.