Why Study Philosophy?
What is there, what do we know, and how are we to live? Philosophy is the systematic investigation of perennial human questions about the nature of reality, the limits of knowledge, and the foundations of value.
Courses in philosophy develop a variety of skills that contribute to professional success, engaged citizenship, and a well-rounded life. These include analytical thinking, abstract reasoning, and creative problem-solving, abilities useful in every career. Philosophy also fosters the ability to build and critique an argument (a skill valued highly by law schools); clarity in written and oral communication; and increased awareness of diverse solutions to social, political, and ethical problems. If you want to learn how to think rather than what to think, philosophy is the field of study for you!
Why choose Purdue Northwest?
What’s it like to be a PNW Philosophy student?
The PNW Philosophy Program is an intimate and vibrant intellectual community with a high faculty to student ratio. Our classes are typically smaller than those in other disciplines, and are often discussion-based.
Students in the PNW Philosophy Program have the opportunity to work closely with our internationally recognized faculty, who are leaders in their intellectual fields. Students also have the chance to attend Philosophy Colloquia, presentations in the Philosophy Matters talk series, and informal Philosophy Parties hosted by PNW professors, as well as to participate in one of our student-run Philosophy Clubs.
We also offer students pursuing the Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree the opportunity to combine a focus in philosophy with study in another academic discipline, such as world history, English literature, business, or a foreign language.
The PNW Philosophy Program is special in that it offers courses in many fields as well as multiple degrees, while also providing exemplary training in axiology (value theory) and the history of philosophy.
Dr. David Detmer
Professor of Philosophy
Dr. David Detmer’s latest book, Zinnophobia: The Battle Over History in Education, Politics, and Scholarship (Zero Books, 2018) is earning growing national attention among intellectual circles. Noam Chomsky describes this work as “A major contribution to bringing Zinn’s great contributions to even broader public attention, and exposing features of intellectual and political culture that are of no little interest.” Professor Detmer’s courses examine a wide range of philosophical issues, and he has recently developed a course entitled “Philosophy, Politics, and Economics,” representing a cutting-edge interdisciplinary field of study. He is currently serving as Chair of the Faculty Senate.
- Law School
- Business Management
- Medical Ethics
- Graduate Study (in a wide variety of fields)
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Daniel Nichols earned his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy in 2015. He is currently a graduate student in the PhD Program of Bowling Green State University’s Department of Philosophy. His studies emphasize issues at the intersection of ethics and metaphysics with a special focus on personal identity.
Did you know…
Philosophy majors rank FIRST among humanities majors and ninth among all majors on the quantitative (mathematical) section of the GRE (Graduate Record Exam).
There are no special admission requirements for the PNW Philosophy Program. For more information about our degrees, please see Janet Navarro.
- Study Abroad Scholarship
- Philosophy Scholarship
- Howard Cohen Philosophy Scholarship
The major requires 30 credit hours (10 courses), including the following:
- Introductory Philosophy (3 credit hours) – PHIL 101 or 110.
- Logic (3 credit hours) – PHIL 120 or 150.
- Ethics (6 credit hours) – Two courses must be taken from among the following: PHIL 111, PHIL 324, appropriate PHIL 293 course, appropriate PHIL 490 course.
- Metaphysics and Epistemology (6 credit hours) – Two courses must be taken from among the following: PHIL 206, PHIL 219, PHIL 221, appropriate PHIL 293 course, appropriate PHIL 490 course.
- History (6 credit hours) – Two courses must be taken from among the following: PHIL 30100, PHIL 30300, acceptable PHIL 29300.
- Philosophy Electives (6 credit hours) – Any 2 philosophy courses not used to fulfill the above requirements; may include PHIL 29300 – Selected Topics or PHIL 49000 – Advanced Topics.
Philosophy Club (Hammond)
The Philosophy Club is a student organization on the Hammond campus led by PNW philosophy majors and minors. The club orchestrates opportunities for students across the university to discuss issues of philosophical interest to them in an intellectually rigorous, but informal, environment. Topics are selected by club participants, and all PNW students are welcome to join the conversation!
Philosophy-Interfaith-Ethics Club (Westville)
The Philosophy-Interfaith-Ethics (P-I-E) Club is a student organization on the Westville campus run by PNW students with an interest in issues at the intersection of philosophy, ethics, and religion. P-I-E Club activities have included informal student discussions, formal presentations by invited speakers, and the creation of a philosophically reflective newsletter.
For more information about the P-I-E Club, please contact Dr. Samuel Zinaich (Philosophy Program Coordinator) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students must earn a grade of “C” or higher in each philosophy course used to fulfill the requirements for the Philosophy Major.
- PHIL 32400 – Ethics for the Professions (Hammond and Westville)
- PHIL 29300/POL 34600 – Law and Society (Hammond and Westville)
- PHIL 40800 – Philosophy of Love and Friendship (Westville)