Philosophy

An interest area

Philosophy asks questions that are vital to all disciplines and all vocations: questions concerning life, death, freedom, desire, ethics, and community. Although our inquiries into these matters might not produce a specific skill set or be used directly in the daily work of a doctor, a lawyer, or a businessperson, the issues that concern philosophers—justice and fairness, the ethics of doctor/patient relations and business transactions, the global effect of commodity culture and consumption, etc.—are essential to such vocations.

At Bryant, we understand the history of philosophy as a toolbox of ideas with which we can construct, disassemble, bolster, or modify our world and worldviews.  Our goals are to introduce some of the key questions, arguments, and texts from diverse philosophical traditions and to encourage you to think critically about history, contemporary culture, everyday life, and global politics. We challenge you to explore from a variety of perspectives philosophical and social debates such as the nature of reality, the existence of God, the problem of evil, right and wrong, the mind/body split, personal identity, and the politics of race, class, gender, and sexuality. 

In reflecting judiciously on “the big questions,” in exploring the science and art of critical thinking, students are rewarded with new insights into the world they inhabit and a fresh perspective on their place and purpose within it. 

Future careers, post-grad opportunities

The study of philosophy imparts critical-thinking and analytical skills that are the foundation for success in all industries including: law, social work, education, nonprofit organizations, as well as management and marketing, among others. The study of philosophy likewise prepares you for post-graduate studies including law school and various Master’s and Doctoral programs in the Arts and Sciences.

Philosophy faculty

Philosophy faculty engage in intellectual inquiry, contribute to national and international discussions in their fields, and publish papers that explore the fundamental dimensions of knowledge, cognition, and being. Contributing to an interdisciplinary understanding of common life at the University, they bring philosophy into engagement with issues arising across the curriculum.

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Upcoming Application Deadlines

  • Early Decision 2 - Jan. 15, 2015
  • Regular Decision – Feb. 2, 2015


To learn more, please contact:
Elizabeth Walden, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor
Department of English and Cultural Studies
ewalden@bryant.edu