Why Philosophy

Philosophy seeks answers to such fundamental questions as: What is ultimately real? What is the nature and extent of our knowledge? What is the source and nature of our moral obligations? What form of government is the best? Is beauty only in the eye of the beholder? Our aim is to assist students (1) in developing an appreciation of the various answers to these questions and (2) in formulating their own answers in a way that can be defended in the arena of reasoned controversy. Philosophy draws on material from all areas of human endeavor -- science, the arts, religion, politics. Many of our students are double majors because they find that the study of philosophy and the study of the particular discipline (such as psychology or biology) are mutually enhancing.

The following websites provide a variety of interesting information about the value of an undergraduate degree in philosophy:

What Philosophy Can Do for You

  • Professor Tomas Bogardus (Pepperdine)

What Can I Do With a Philosophy Major? 

  • Willamette University

Rutgers Philosophy Majors in the National News

  • The New York Times

Rutgers Philosophy Department in the National News

  • The New York Times

Some Thoughts on Philosophy by John Cleese

  • Commissioned by the American Philosophical Association

Giving Employers What They Really Want

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education

Why I Was Wrong About Liberal-Arts Majors

  • The Wall Street Journal