Philosophy Department

The Philosophy Department helps students explore big ideas in the philosophy of religion, politics, science, or the environment.

As a philosophy minor, you’ll gain the ability to:

  • ask difficult questions and think critically
  • learn how to be fair and understanding when considering others’ views
  • assess your own positions
  • put philosophical skills and knowledge to work to address contemporary challenges
  • think in creative and constructive ways

Some of the skills you’ll develop include the ability to:

  • competently read and interpret difficult texts
  • achieve excellence in forming, refining, and evaluating arguments
  • identify assumptions, distinguish empirical from normative claims, and articulate the significance of an issue
  • effectively express yourself in oral and written communication, including the ability to formulate strong questions, thoughtfully engage others’ views, and clearly articulate your own thinking
  • proficiently perform research, including distinguishing and evaluating primary and secondary sources and  integrating information from multiple sources

You’ll also become knowledgeable in:

  • concepts and terminology of philosophical inquiry and dialogue
  • major problems, positions, debates in the history of philosophy
  • at least one major philosopher and/or topic in philosophy

Philosophy Minor

Careers and Outcomes

Many philosophy minor graduates pursue a career in:

  • Social services (counselor, therapist, social services coordinator)
  • Education
  • Librarianship
  • AmeriCorps and Peace Corps volunteering
  • Law (attorney, judge, law clerk)
  • Clergy
  • Media

Some employers who have hired recently philosophy graduates:

  • Fund for the Public Interest
  • TeamQuest Corporation
  • Opportunity Homes
  • Applied Ecological Services
  • School districts

Philosophy Minor

The philosophy minor is a core component of Luther’s law and values major.

While studying philosophy, you’ll debate big questions about how we should organize the legal, economic, and political institutions that shape our lives. You’ll also hone valuable leadership and decision-making skills, like understanding complex problems, forming persuasive arguments, and clearly communicating solutions.

Luther College students attending class.

Ockham House

The Philosophy Department is based in Ockham House, with philosophy classes held there and around campus.

Simmonds Library is located on the ground floor of Ockham House. It houses nearly 5,000 books and is utilized by faculty and students as a meeting space, study area, seminar room, and lounge. The library collection was donated by Kent Simmonds, professor emeritus of philosophy, upon his retirement, and is a useful resource for the Luther College community.

Ockham House, home of the philosophy department at Luther College.