Why study Philosophy at APSU?
We explore the big questions regarding human existence and the nature of reality. We teach rigorous and open-minded analytical and critical thinking skills that are useful in any field or part of life. APSU Philosophy classes are usually small, so students get individual attention from their professors. The Philosophy Club at Austin Peay is very active, meeting to discuss issues and have fun regularly. It has hosted debates on campus with nationally-known debaters.
What will I learn?
We hope to share more than our knowledge of philosophy with students, but to involve them in the search for wisdom and, most importantly, to share our love of exploring truth, knowledge, beauty, and goodness. We examine the great philosophers and philosophical movements but in ways that attempt to remain faithful to the importance of philosophy for such concrete experiences as love, faith, hope, wonder, joy, sorrow, grief, music, and laughter. In other words, for us the love of wisdom is not only a search for the nature of reality but also a search for the nature, meaning, value, and purpose of the human spirit (mind).
The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.
The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.
What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?
The Philosophy Club, run by students with faculty consultation, meets regularly to discuss, debate, go on field trips, and have fun. Leadership opportunities are available. APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life.
APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Opportunities include first-year seminar, first-year learning communities, common reading experience 'The Peay Read', undergraduate research, study abroad, service and community-based learning, internships, e-portfolio development, and capstone courses & projects.
What Do Philosophy Majors Do After Graduation?
Philosophy and Religion graduates work in many sectors. A philosophy background is useful and sought after in Business, Government, and Law as well as Teaching and Ministry. Graduates with degrees in philosophy have significant advantages over others when it comes to their financial outlook for their careers. Mid-career, philosophy graduates make more than Chemistry, Political Science or Business majors.