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Philosophy

The quest for an enriched life begins with expanding your mind

  • Ben Brown
    The Philosophy Department at Belmont pushes students to think beyond their current views. When one decides to become a Philosophy major, one should seriously contemplate whether or not they are comfortable with questioning every aspect of their life. The professors have helped me expand the ways in which I see the world and have all together shown me a fraction of the ever-growing lexicon of human knowledge. In classes, expect to be pushed in writing and participating in class discussions. The Department fosters a tight-knit community within the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences that has made me into the person I am today.

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Aristotle observed that all people, by nature, desire to know. Plato observed that the key to living the best possible human life is knowing how to best live. Pursuing the study of philosophy will allow you to explore, communicate and grow in knowledge of the world around you. Your time at Belmont should nurture and expand your natural curiosity and understanding. 

Practically speaking, a degree in philosophy is becoming increasingly valuable in today’s job market and presents its holder with limitless opportunities. Philosophy majors acquire skills essential for professional development and advancement, including the ability to read thoughtfully, write clearly, think critically and converse meaningfully. Philosophy majors even frequently outperform other majors on grad school entrance exams like the GMAT, GRE, MCAT and LSAT. Truly, this degree produces well-rounded students who are marketable in an ever-changing job market.

Belmont’s philosophy program is even beneficial as a second major or minor. It will challenge you to think more deeply about your primary area of study. Philosophy is valuable to various subjects with such sub-disciplines as Philosophy of the Mind, Business Ethics, Philosophy of Art, Political Philosophy and Philosophy of Religion.

Traditionally understood, education is a preparation for life as a whole. Belmont’s Department of Philosophy provides space for the potential for you to emerge not only with better professional credentials, but also as a better citizen, a better family member, a better neighbor and generally a better human being.

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