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  • Philosophy

    Philosophy is the pursuit of difficult foundational questions, such as: “What do we really know?”; “What is relevant to judgments in ethics?”; and “Are there any bases for belief in God?” These are difficult questions because they lie at the roots of our thinking about other things.

    The goals of the study of philosophy at Capital University are to develop in students: (a) the attitudes and skills necessary for critical thinking; (b) an interest in the issues and ideas of serious thinkers and the skills necessary to examine and evaluate them; (c) the desire and ability to relate philosophy to other disciplines and areas of life; and (d) the ability to think through and articulate their own philosophical views.

    Philosophy Majors and Minors

    Philosophy courses attract students who like to ask hard questions. Maybe you are that kind of student.

    The philosophy offerings at Capital include historical studies in philosophy, logic, the relation of philosophy to other disciplines (e.g. science, arts, religion, health care and politics) and opportunities for the study of contemporary problems in philosophy. Independent study also is encour­aged for all students majoring in philosophy. The program has relatively few requirements by deliberate design, leav­ing students free to choose relevant electives.

    Course Requirements

    Course requirements for the philosophy major and minor can be found in the online course bulletin. 


    The faculty in philosophy at Capital represent a wide range of experience, backgrounds and points of view. All have earned doctorates. Specialties within the faculty in­clude applied ethics, classical Greek philosophy, philosophy of religion and the philosophy of science.

    Careers and Placement

    Philosophy majors and minors pursue a large variety of career alternatives: law, public policy, government, comput­er applications, the ministry, as well as pursuing advanced study in philosophy toward teaching in that area. A study of past philosophy majors shows they are pursuing just about every career path imaginable. Many employers like to hire philosophy majors/minors because they usually are critical thinkers and careful communicators. They often combine a useful blend of imagination with critical think­ing skills. This is probably why so many philosophy majors end up being creative entrepreneurs as well as effective agents of change in society.

    Additional Resources

    Online Course Bulletin 

    Religion and Philosophy Majors Handbook