Philosophy encourages us to think deeply, to question what we have presumed, and, broadly, to see the world from different perspectives. It approaches some of the deepest and oldest questions humanity has asked (e.g., “What is the meaning of life?”) and some of the most practical (e.g., “Should I eat meat?”). It relies on historical wisdom of traditional texts and encourages us to find exciting and creative new ways to see old problems. It is at the heart of the Liberal Arts, and yet is often thought to be the mother of the sciences. Philosophers seek to establish standards of evidence, provide rational methods of conflict resolution, establish criteria for just social orders, and create techniques for evaluating ideas and arguments.
Core Curriculum & More
Philosophy serves all students of the university through its All University Core Curriculum (AUCC) courses in areas
- 3B, Arts and Humanities
- 3E, Global and Cultural Awareness
Our sections of these courses offer CSU students over 1,000 classroom seats per academic year, thus helping students from across the campus to complete their AUCC requirements for graduation.
We offer three major concentrations:
- General Philosophy
- Global Philosophies and Religions
- Philosophy, Science and Technology
In addition, we offer a philosophy minor and two certificate options: Ethics and Society and World Philosophies and Religions.