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Philosophy as a discipline has always been devoted to debate and conversation.
Philosophy at EIU has a distinctive sense of community. Our physical space welcomes students, offers refreshments and opportunities to engage with faculty at almost every hour of the day. Faculty are not stuffed away in their offices, they are in the main office, chatting, snacking, sharing a coffee and a good argument with students.
Philosophy at EIU offers superior education in a student-centered culture.
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Our students give us a lot to be proud of. Click here for some of their recent achievements.
Transition times can be very difficult for students. What should I major in? What in the world will I do with a Philosophy degree? Philosophy at EIU loves to answer these questions! Major in something practical! Major in Philosophy! Critical thinking skills, problem-solving, organizational ability, and effective oral and written communication are important for professional success and signal the hallmarks of transferable skills offered by a Philosophy degree. Above, we concentrated on the achievements of those who chose to major in Philosophy. Click here to see some of our Philosophy majors at EIU who have had wonderful success at transitioning to the next step on their journey.
Dr. Grant Sterling is an EIU alumnus who graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Philosophy, went on to earn a PhD from Iowa, and returned to EIU in 1990 to teach. He has since been intensely committed to student learning and to EIU. His 30+ year career is a model of academic distinction. During these years, Dr. Sterling has earned just about every award possible at EIU: The Faculty Laureate Award for excellence in teaching, the Luis Clay Mendez Distinguished Service Award, an acknowledgment of dedication and service to the university, the profession, and the community, a collection of Achievement and Contribution Awards, and now, the 2022 Distinguished Faculty Award, one of the most prestigious awards available to EIU faculty. His activities at EIU entail being fully engaged in his profession and his discipline. Students flock to his classes.