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"In addition to being personally rewarding, majoring in Philosophy at Slippery Rock University equipped me with skills that were tremendously helpful in the study of law, and which continue to guide me in the legal profession.”   
 - Robert Hartley,
JD Duquesne University School of Law, Class of 2012

Degree Programs in Philosophy
  • BA in Philosophy
  • BA in Applied Philosophy
  • Career Related Second Major in Philosophy
  • Minor in Philosophy
  • Minor in Ethics
AT THE HEART OF PHILOSOPHY are a number of fundamental questions: What can we know? What should we believe? How should we live?

The study of philosophy teaches students to inquire in a systematic way into fundamental questions about our lives and our relationships to others, society, and the world. It helps students pull their studies together into a unified project and to think about broader perspectives and implications, which are often lost sight of in specialized study. In particular, the study of philosophy helps students to develop the critical thinking skills and dispositions essential to any academic pursuit and intelligent living.

The Philosophy Department at Slippery Rock University has a long tradition of excellence in teaching and scholarship with faculty who specialize in a range of areas including: Existentialism, Ethics, Continental Philosophy, Analytic Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, the History of Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, the Philosophy of Religion, French Philosophy, and Asian Philosophy.

Our department fosters excellence in our students and offers a wide range of courses and different tracks designed to prepare you for a chosen career or to complement another major. We invite you to browse our website, or better, to stop in to talk to us and to meet some of our students.   

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Chair: Katherine Cooklin

Secretary: Hank Boler