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Macricostas School of Arts & Sciences

Philosophy and Humanistic Studies Department


Welcome to the Department of Philosophy & Humanistic Studies

The unexamined life is not worth living”  Socrates

Philosophy, sometimes known as the mother of all disciplines is an essential area of study for a liberal arts program. Studying philosophy will help you think analytically, understand and clarify ideas, as well as challenge your own beliefs and assumptions. Socrates was put to death for corrupting the youth; really, he was only doing what any good philosophy teacher would do: asking students questions as a way to challenge their own ideas, and beliefs.

We offer courses in all areas of philosophy such as: Ancient Greek philosophy, Medieval philosophy, 19th and 20th century philosophy, ethical theory, existentialism, logic, Buddhist philosophy, and many more. Many of our courses apply philosophy to real world problems such as: ethical issues in health care, ethics in computing; environmental philosophy, engaged philosophy:peace and justice issues, and others.

Humanistic Studies is an area of study that is interdisciplinary in nature. Many of the topics of humanistic courses offered are very complex, such as moral issues in modern society, sustainability, science and technology, and knowledge and power. These topics require more than one discipline to understand them, but also an interdisciplinary approach is helpful for thinking about how to address the challenges that arise within these topics. All the courses offered in Humanistic Studies comprise at least three disciplines; this gives students the opportunity to understand certain topics from different perspectives, to integrate disciplinary methods, ideas and action and much more.

On our website, you will find information about all courses, minors, the interdisciplinary studies major, and the contract major in philosophy. Please do contact us for further information.