Philosophy

Have your friends told you that you overthink things? Are you the one in the crowd who likes to analyze all angles of a discussion? A major in philosophy might be the perfect fit for you. In class you will learn to comprehend fundamental assumptions, and then question and think critically about them. Find the most sensible answers that reason can determine, and discover how to use these skills in the career field of your choice.

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credits required for the Philosophy major

students per class on average in the Philosophy program

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of students are assigned multiple advisers devoted to guiding them through their four years at WOU

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of students who apply to WOU are selected for admission

Learning outcomes

  • Possess critical-thinking and problem-solving skills needed to analyze and evaluate ideas as they arise within philosophy and also in all areas of intellectual inquiry
  • Critically analyze the origins of one’s own beliefs, values and ideas and those from different cultural and historical contexts
  • Know the fundamental theories in the history of philosophy and be able to effectively communicate and discuss philosophical theories as they arise not only within philosophy, but in all areas of intellectual inquiry and develop arguments and think both logically and creatively

Career opportunities

  • Labor relations specialist
  • Counselor
  • Social worker
  • Public policy analyst/legislator
  • Attorney

Philosophy minor

Philosophy through the ages as well as discussions on personal morality and social justice are on the agenda for students who choose WOU’s Philosophy minor. Critical-thinking skills are some of the most desired attributes that hiring managers look for, so get a head start during your college education.

credits required for the Philosophy minor

Faculty

SUSAN DANIEL

Department Head, Philosophy/Religious Studies
503-838-8378 | daniels@wou.edu | HSS 318

RYAN HICKERSON

Professor, Philosophy/Religious Studies
503-838-8762 | hickersr@wou.edu | HSS 322

KENNETH KIRBY

NTT Assistant Professor, Philosophy/Religious Studies
503-838-8249 | kirbyk@wou.edu | HSS 303

MARK PERLMAN

Professor, Philosophy/Religious Studies
503-838-8969 | perlmam@wou.edu | HSS 304

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Contact Us

Phone: 503-838-8378

E-mail: daniels@wou.edu 

Location: HSS 318