Philosophy means the love of wisdom. More specifically, philosophy is the systematic, rational inquiry into the most profound questions about nature and human life.
The philosophy curriculum at Luther acquaints students with historical and contemporary work in the field and develops skills in critical analysis and expository writing. With faculty trained in a variety of philosophical areas and approaches, the department offers a number of gateway courses that are open to all students, as well as more advanced and intensive courses for students interested in deepening their knowledge of philosophy and building their skills in analysis and writing.
The major and minor in philosophy offers a sequence of historical and topical courses that allow students to engage deeply with an array of philosophical traditions and problems.
Because of the breadth and depth of the philosophy department's course offerings, as well as the analytical rigor that they require, a major or minor in philosophy is excellent preparation for all kinds of graduate study and public service. Many of our majors go on to graduate school in philosophy, theology, law, and other fields. And many other graduates have successful careers in the nonprofit sector, business, and government.