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Why Philosophy at Valpo?

Valpo philosophy students explore and analyze the views and research methods of humanity’s greatest thinkers, from both Western and non-Western traditions. In doing so, they come to understand how ideas about the meaning of human life, the sources of value, human freedom, the nature of knowledge, and so on, have shaped history and culture. They also become better able to recognize and grapple with the ideas that shape life today, and to devise creative alternatives to them. Apart from the intrinsic interest of the subject matter and the humanistic values served by mastering it, there are strong practical reasons to study philosophy.

Philosophy Highlights

Flexible Major

The degree can be completed with 31 credits, allowing students flexibility to complete a complementary major.

Diverse Possibilities

The career opportunities for Philosophy majors are diverse. It will prepare graduates for a variety of careers.

Experts and Mentors

Professors at Valpo help students develop their knowledge, their career plans, and their curiosity.

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Alumni Highlights
“I can say without any doubt that the philosophy department at Valpo was a crucial part of my formation as a clear writer, a serious thinker, and a passionate debater. These skills have been tremendous assets to my pastoral ministry and to my professional writing. While I don’t often find myself explaining the intricacies of Aristotle or Kant to Bible study classes, the rigor of my philosophical studies at Valpo ensured that I have an extremely solid intellectual foundation from which to teach, preach, and counsel.”
– Steven Zittergruen ’02, ELCA Minister and writer for Augsburg Fortress Press
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