You might be asking yourself “What’s the point in studying philosophy if there is no right answer?” A lot of topics touched on in philosophy classes never reach a consensus, but that’s where the practical applications of a degree in philosophy come into play. Philosophy acts as a form of intellectual exercise that will make it easier to identify problems, seek out arguments against your own views, and critically evaluate solutions. These skills along with the ability to read, write, listen and communicate effectively can prepare you for virtually any career path.
Philosophy: Critical Thinking
Who are you?
Whether you’re searching for truth, set on your career path, or simply a lover of wisdom looking for courses that make you think, the WVU Philosophy Department holds the answers to your burning questions. There are opportunities to excel no matter what the stage of your undergraduate journey.
Why are you here?
In terms of the nature of existence, we’re still working on the answer. In terms of academics, we can help you out. The philosophy major provides practical preparation for an endless number of career tracks and builds a strong fundamental base that will help you excel in graduate school, law school, or any endeavor where critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity are necessary. We’re here to challenge you while helping you discover exactly what you want to do in the future.
What’s the purpose?
Our purpose is to stimulate students intellectually, help build comfort with disagreement and uncertainty, and teach people how to think, not what to think. Philosophy majors at WVU have all the benefits of intimate liberal arts colleges, with all the advantages and resources of a leading land-grant university. Philosophy will help lay a foundation that you can adapt to whatever it is you decide to do.