Philosophers are notoriously curious. The Department of Philosophy at EIU invites students to investigate some of life's most meaningful questions: Does God exist? What is the difference between the mind and the brain? Are our actions free or determined? Why should I be moral?
The diversity of our faculty allows us to offer courses in many areas, including both Western and non-Western approaches. Here, students are encouraged to think creatively and critically, to challenge the views of others, and to defend their own views against a thoughtful opponent. Philosophy majors are thus well-prepared for careers that require excellent speaking and writing ability, and proficiency in problem-solving, decision-making, and communication. We offer minors in both Philosophy and Religious Studies, and we participate in several interdisciplinary minors including: Pre-Law, Criminology, Medieval Studies, Neuroscience, and Asian Studies.
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Students graduating with an undergraduate degree in Philosophy are well-suited for graduate school in Philosophy, law school, and other professions in areas such as journalism, business, and computers.
Philosophers, rather than being taught a specific skill, are globally acknowledged as educated individuals capable of careful analysis, persuasive argumentation, and articulate and expressive writing. The jewel of a liberal arts education, a degree in philosophy encourages lifetime learning; it represents a sincere commitment to understand the world in which we live and our unique situation in it.
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