Philosophy is the practice of critical reflection and creative speculation on the given. As such it aims to give a reasoned conception of the universe and the place of human life in it, and to define the ideals which call for recognition in the moral, social, aesthetic, and religious realms.

The philosophy major has many general uses since its methods are applicable to any field. Skills that are cultivated in this area of study include general problem solving, logical and critical thinking, and facility in both written and oral communication. For this reason the philosophy major provides excellent preparation for careers in law, public policy and management, and for positions of leadership and responsibility.