Philosophy is the use of reason to gain a deeper understanding of fundamental questions that bear on the human condition. The philosophy program at IU Northwest is designed to contribute to the intellectual training of its undergraduate students and to acquaint them with the most important developments in the history of ideas. Courses in the program emphasize clear and cogent thinking about fundamental problems, locate the origins of these problems in the writings of the great philosophers, and provide in-depth examinations of proposed solutions.
The program boasts full-time faculty members trained in a broad array of philosophical concentrations and who possess unique strengths in the history of philosophy, ethics (both general and applied), theory of human rights, philosophy of law, metaphysics, and the philosophy of religion. Faculty members have a very active research agenda as well and have published their work in nationally and internationally recognized journals.
The study of philosophy is not only valuable in its own right but has practical benefits as well. Philosophy teaches one how to read, write, and think critically, three abilities that are extremely valuable to employers. A degree in philosophy is excellent preparation for any career that requires clear thinking and strong analytical skills. This includes the law, medicine, journalism, teaching, and the clergy, as well as work in corporations, government, and non-profit organizations.
Thanks to their excellent reasoning skills, philosophy majors tend to be especially successful when taking standardized tests (such as the GRE, the MCAT, or the LSAT) to compete for admission to graduate school.