Overview

The study of philosophy encourages students to think deeply and critically about reality, our relationship to the world, reasoning, and values. The major offers core courses in metaphysics (the study of what fundamentally exists), epistemology (the study of knowledge), logic (the study of reasoning), ethics (the study of obligation & well-being), aesthetics (the study of art & beauty), and the history of philosophy.

Because of its emphasis on critical thinking, reading, and writing skills, Philosophy pairs well with virtually any other program of study.

Fast Facts
  • Develop critical-thinking skills essential to a good life.
  • Internationally renowned philosophers visit annually.
  • Philosophy alumni pursue a wide range of careers.
  • Philosophy majors excel on the GMAT, the LSAT, and the GRE.

 

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What You'll Study

Learn about the core areas and history of philosophy, and develop your own philosophical interests.


Faculty

Faculty bring a wide variety of perspectives to the field

The Philosophy faculty have a wide variety of interests, including metaphysics, epistemology, theoretical and applied ethics, aesthetics, the history of philosophy, and public philosophy (e.g., philosophy for children). 

Judith Norman
Judith Norman, Ph.D.
Department Chair
Professor
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Joseph B. Bullock, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor
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Ewing Chinn, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
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Lawrence Kimmel, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
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Ronni Gura Sadovsky
Assistant Professor

Student Opportunities

Thinking outside the box – and the classroom

Research Opportunities

Faculty encourage students to attend philosophy conferences and submit their work to reputable undergraduate journals. Undergraduate philosophy...

Study Abroad

Philosophy majors regularly study abroad in locations all over the world.

Service-Learning

Philosophy for Children

In a unique service-learning class, students learn the theory and practice of teaching philosophy to children. Students...

Student Organizations

The student-led Philosophy Club is open to all Trinity students and meets regularly to hold discussions and socialize with other students interested...

Student Awards and Recognition

Annual Hemlock Award for Best Philosophical Essay

Each year, the Philosophy faculty recognize outstanding philosophical work by awarding the...

Lecture Series and Annual Events

Stieren Arts Enrichment Series

The annual Stieren Arts Enrichment Series hosts an array of artistic talent, but also features an internationally...


When You Graduate

Philosophy prepares you for a good life – in every respect

Philosophy builds skills in critical thinking, comprehension, problem solving, and oral and written communication that are essential for any career, and also enables you to critically consider the values that will guide you through life.

 

Careers

The careers of Trinity philosophy majors are diverse and wide-ranging. Some majors pursue graduate degrees in a range of fields, including philosophy, business, medicine, and law. But the skills gained through the study of philosophy are valuable for any career (and much of the rest of life!).

Career Areas:

  • Academia
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Healthcare
  • Information Science
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Policy
  • Social Work

 

 

 


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