Philosophy serves the needs of a wide range of students, including those planning graduate study in law, medicine, politics, religion, philosophy, and business, and those preparing for work in industry, government, education, journalism, and other sectors where critical thinking is valued. In addition to its practical advantages, philosophy confers enduring personal benefits, among them skill in carefully analyzing complicated issues, a clearer view of one's own commitments, a sharper perception of the relationships among various other fields of study, and deeper insight into the human condition. In short, philosophy is central to the liberal arts.
Our faculty's diverse interests are reflected in our courses, which cover ethics, aesthetics, existentialism, epistemology, philosophy of mind, political philosophy, philosophy of language, the history of philosophies East and West, and philosophical approaches to gender and race. Distinguished invited speakers further broaden our conversation. If you'd like to talk with us about the major, a guest speaker's lecture, your goals beyond Willamette, or anything else, please come see us — we'll be delighted to meet you.