Philosophy at Alma College
Philosophy is the study of fundamental questions about the nature of reality and our place within it. It involves unearthing and evaluating assumptions that we normally take for granted.
Philosophical questions arise in all areas of study and human activity, such as:
• The nature of scientific knowledge
• How we can distinguish good from bad reasoning
• The justification of belief in God
• The foundation (if any) of morality
The philosophy department at Alma College has particular strength in the area of applied ethics, but aims to provide a solid grounding in all the core areas of philosophy.
Whether you major or minor in philosophy or just take a single class in philosophy, the department aims to engage your interest in examining issues that are relevant to your everyday lives well beyond college.
What Can You Do With A Philosophy Major?
Some philosophy majors continue to study philosophy at graduate school and go on to become professors. However, studying philosophy helps you develop versatile intellectual skills that provide an excellent preparation for many different careers.
Many philosophy majors go to law school, where the ability to analyze and present arguments, which is central to philosophy, is a prerequisite for success.
More generally, the critical thinking and writing skills at which philosophy majors get extensive practice are invaluable in virtually any field, including government, education, and business.
Some students double major in philosophy and a second, more career-oriented discipline.