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PHILOSOPHY & RELIGIOUS STUDIES
Philosophy is a basic field of inquiry that is neither part of nor
reducible to any other discipline. Philosophers explore ideas, questions,
issues, and problems that arise from the entire spectrum of human
experiences. Philosophy courses deal with fundamental issues concerning
the nature of morality and the good life, methods of correct reasoning,
the nature of knowledge and reality, aesthetics, and the foundations
needed for a good society. In addition to courses dealing explicitly with
those issues, courses are also offered that survey the history of western
philosophy in light of these issues.
As a discipline central to a liberal arts education, philosophy seeks to
develop students' skills and knowledge, preparing them for life as a
whole. Hence it fosters critical, analytical, and creative thinking
skills that are relevant to any subject matter. The philosophy minor
complements any major field of study that demands higher order thinking
skills and the ability to understand and assess complex and competing
points of view.
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