What is Philosophy?

Philosophy is the search for Truth. In its pursuit we increase our awareness and appreciation of the fundamental intellectual, ethical, and aesthetic values that undergird the world in which we live. Like mathematics, economics, and chemistry, the discipline of philosophy embodies formal thought, structural relationships, abstract models, symbolic languages, and deductive reasoning. Students who develop these skills gain perspective that helps them to understand and confront problems in their professional and personal lives, devise solutions, consider alternatives, and to lead, in general, better and more thoughtful lives.

Why Study Philosophy?

National studies of college graduate test scores attest to the success of philosophy students. They consistently score better than nearly all other majors on the Graduate Record Exam, GMAT and LSAT. Studies also show that a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy is a valuable commodity on the job market – more valuable than comparable degrees in other Liberal Arts. According to Aristotle a contemplative life, the kind nurtured by the study of philosophy, is also the surest way to one's own happiness. But the value of an education in philosophy extends beyond the domain of personal and academic skills.

As the global community continues to shrink and corporate America restructures, careers will increasingly demand employees who can think critically, disclose hidden assumptions and values, formulate problems clearly, and discern the impact of ideas. The flexibility, depth, and clarity of thinking nurtured by a background in philosophy is a significant asset to any career.

The undergraduate program in philosophy is excellent preparation for many other disciplines and professional programs, including teaching, fine arts, natural and social sciences, psychology, and business.

UW-Green Bay philosophy graduates are actively working in many of those fields. Some have gone on to graduate or professional schools in law, philosophy, and other areas.