Why study Philosophical Studies
The Philosophical Studies Concentration offers courses that broadly explore the nature of reality and human existence. This includes the study of metaphysical issues like free will and the existence of God, ethical inquiry into value and obligation, and political philosophy regarding legitimate government and justice. The program is rigorous and stresses the importance of analytical and critical thinking skills that focus on how to think rather than what to think. Our philosophy classes involve extensive discussion and debate, and are, by design, generally small enough to allow students to get individual attention. The program is excellent preparation for a wide range of future pursuits, including graduate school or law school, and careers in most any area, including business management, government administration, editing, journalism, and teaching. Our alumni have an excellent record of acceptance to graduate schools and career placement. Outside of the classroom, Austin Peay’s Philosophy Club is very active, meeting regularly to discuss issues, hold forums and debates, watch movies, and otherwise have fun while engaging with philosophical topics.
What Will I Learn
- A broad and in-depth foundational understanding of philosophical texts, movements, theories, and issues.
- Analytical and critical thinking skills applicable to sound reasoning and problem solving in any subject area.
- Ability to express and defend one’s views skillfully in written and oral communication.
- Habits of inquiry into truth, beauty, value, and the meaning of life.