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.
- 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.
What You'll Study
Learn about the core areas and history of philosophy, and develop your own philosophical interests.
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).
Thinking outside the box – and the classroom
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.
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!).
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