Philosophy

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Dr. Dan Getz
Department Chair
getz@bradley.edu

Academic Quality
Bradley’s Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies offers an undergraduate curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Philosophy. Students who plan to enter graduate programs in philosophy are encouraged to fulfill the B.A. requirements.

The purpose of the program is to provide students with a solid grounding in the figures, methods, and problems of philosophy. Faculty will stimulate the students’ intellectual involvement in the continuing re-exploration of basic and meaningful questions. Students will be introduced to the principal thinkers and issues that have shaped humankind’s intellectual heritage. They will take classes in logical thinking, values, and ethics, as well as philosophy.

The Philosophy program provides individualized curricula for students majoring in Philosophy. Besides preparation for teaching on the college level, a major in Philosophy serves as an excellent Pre-Law curriculum. In addition, students majoring in Economics, Political and Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, History, Communications, Psychology, and Business will find a second major in Philosophy beneficial in their own fields of study.

Relationships
Students in Bradley’s Philosophy program work directly with faculty in small classes that foster discussion and debate and where faculty can continually challenge their students.

Some of the specialized interests of Bradley’s Philosophy faculty include Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, Renaissance Philosophy, Classical Political Philosophy, Existentialism, Symbolic Logic, Art in Human Experience, and Philosophy of Religion. Instructors bring these research interests into the classroom for debate and discussion.

Activities and Leadership
Outside of the classroom, Bradley Philosophy majors have a wealth of co-curricular and cooperative learning experiences to choose from, including the Bradley Deep Thinkers Club and the Philosophy Club that many majors and non-majors join to enrich their academic course work.

Outcomes
Bradley Philosophy graduates enjoy an excellent placement rate. Graduates go on to college and university teaching, and graduate and professional schools such as seminaries and law school. Currently, Bradley Philosophy alumni are continuing their education at University of Colorado Law School and Bradley University.