At Shippensburg University, the philosophy professors encourage interest in, and enthusiasm for, intellectual endeavors and wisdom.
What is philosophy?
The word "philosophy" relates to Greek words that mean roughly "love of wisdom." At Shippensburg University, the philosophy professors encourage interest in, and enthusiasm for, intellectual endeavors and wisdom.
Philosophy is also an academic discipline with a certain history and content. The content of philosophy courses at Shippensburg is primarily related to Western philosophers and thinkers.
Finally, philosophy is a discipline with characteristic methods and techniques. The most common technique taught at Shippensburg is the creation, analysis, and evaluation of arguments.
All philosophy courses at Shippensburg teach critical thinking.
Where is philosophy used?
Philosophy teaches people how to understand, analyze, and evaluate concepts and arguments. It helps us to comprehend peoples' ideas and form intelligent opinions about them. Therefore, philosophy is used everywhere.
How will philosophy help my career?
Since philosophy teaches people how to understand, analyze, and evaluate ideas, it is helpful in any career. A small number of Shippensburg University students use the minor in philosophy as a stepping stone to graduate study in philosophy. Those students hope to teach philosophy at the university level.
What is the curriculum?
The curriculum of the philosophy minor is designed to allow students maximum intellectual freedom. Students must take a minimum of six courses or 18 semester hours of philosophy. History of Philosophy (PHL 250) is the only required course. Students must also take at least one other course at the 200 level and at least one course at the 300 level.