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The study of philosophy develops independent beliefs regarding the key questions about human existence. These include the scope and limits of human knowledge, the nature and limits of human freedom, ethical and political values and systems, the nature and role of religion in human existence, and the history of thought about these issues. Philosophy further emphasizes the study of logic as disciplined reflection on basic issues.

Students studying philosophy will pursue courses that emphasize: textual analysis and interpretation; written expression through intensive experiences in writing such as essay exams, journals, formal papers; and a culminating senior thesis. The thesis requires critical analysis and synthesis in a significant area of philosophical speculation. Philosophy students are encouraged to participate in oral discussions, ranging from informal question and response to formal presentation in class and seminars, in order to develop the ability to accurately express and defend their views and beliefs in dialogue with others.

Courses in philosophy may serve the general degree requirements of all students. The philosophy major provides flexible undergraduate preparation for graduate or professional study in any discipline that emphasizes independent and critical judgment. Students in philosophy pursue careers as diverse as medicine, law, public administration, hospital administration, business management, and teaching in the field of philosophy itself.

Why study Philosophy at Morningside?

Knowledge that can be applied to every area of academic, social, and personal growth. A central emphasis on clear, logical thinking and communication skills—skills vital not just in college or graduate school but in life. A program, both broad and deep in nature, that prepares you well for a changing world. A classic pre-law major.

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