Capital’s Philosophy degree explores what it means to be human, as individuals and as part of a larger community. The degree has relatively few required courses, leaving students free to choose classes that interest and are important to them. Students first take classes that build critical thinking and strong writing skills. Other courses offer advanced opportunities to think philosophically about a range of specialized topics. Some philosophy graduates enter the workforce upon graduation and others pursue advanced or professional degrees. Philosophy is a popular major for students who want to pursue a law degree since Philosophy students are among those who score highest on the LSAT exam.
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The Philosophy major provides a pre-professional foundation for careers and graduate study. All Philosophy students complete an intensive senior thesis research project that serves as the culmination of the program, and many students use it as a basis for graduate school applications. Graduates of Capital’s Philosophy degree have continued their studies in graduate school in Philosophy and other disciplines, Law School, and Seminary. Others have moved directly into their careers. Capital students have multiple opportunities to network with professionals and complete internships throughout their time on campus.
With the opportunity to study contemporary programs in Philosophy, students will explore foundational questions like:
- What can we know?
- What beliefs are reasonable?
- What does it mean to be a happy, fulfilled person?
- What is human nature?
- Does life have a meaning?
- What do we mean by freedom, and how do we realize it?
Many employers seek out Philosophy majors because they are critical thinkers and careful communicators — skills in high demand for leadership positions.
Capital’s Philosophy degree is an important option for Pre-Law students, who will find that—nationally—Philosophy students are consistently among the highest scorers on the LSAT exam. Indeed, students in pre-law from all majors are encouraged to take at least two Philosophy courses: Introduction to Logic and Symbolic Logic. While not a major, the Pre-Law Pre-Professional program is a path for students interested in pursuing their J.D. Capital’s reputation for academic excellence prepares students whose professional objective span the spectrum of private, corporate and community legal career possibilities.
- Introduction to Logic
- Philosophy and Religion
- Philosophy and Science
- Social Science
“After I got to Capital, I realized that I wasn’t limited in my thinking; there was no "or", it was always an "and." I could study African American History and Culture and Philosophy and Politics and Criminology – all at once. The professors and curriculum had a way of tying in concepts from other courses that pieced together my knowledge into an expanded way of thinking about the world.”
-Arielle Johnson, Sociology, Philosophy and Ethnic Studies, Class of 2016