The Bachelor of Arts in philosophy is a major offered by the Practical Philosophy and Ethics Department in the College of Arts and Sciences.
The Bachelor of Arts in philosophy is designed to develop your ability to think clearly, carefully, and critically about your identity, the nature of the various communities in which you live, and the kind of moral involvement you can and ought to have with those communities.
As a philosophy major, you engage the kinds of questions that have fascinated people throughout history. What makes an ation right, a person good, a nation just? Why is the unexamined life not worth living? As its name implies, philosophy concerns "the love of wisdom," and as a major in philosophy, not only do you have the opportunity to study in depth the words and texts of those who have for generations, defined what wisdom is; but, equally important, using the skills this major helps you develop, you are encouraged to reinterpret those understandings for your generation, and your own life.
Since studying philosophy involves a way of thinking that is meticulously careful and clear, it provides the kind of training which is basic to success in almost any of life's pursuits. People with education In philosophy find successful employment as lawyers, medical and hospital ethicists, labor negotiators, police officers, and presidents and CEOs of major corporations as well as becoming scholars and teachers in colleges and universities. Philosophy can provide the essential bedrock of critical thinking skills. These skills are crucial for whatever career you choose to pursue.
One set of themes that provide a central focus for courses in the Department of Practical Philosophy and Ethics revolves around the ways in which individuals and societies stand to difference. Courses interweave into their content explorations of gender, race, class, sexual orientation, and (dis) ability. How these categories are formed historically, and how their current understandings affect personal identity, the structures of communities - and the kind moral and political life individuals can and ought live in their communities - these are taken to be defining issues. Although historically philosophy did not focus primarily on these topics, philosophy, as it is now produced and practiced, does take them seriously. These issues are central to the teaching and scholarship at Metropolitan State University.