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Explore life's fundamental ideas, develop critical thinking, and engage in philosophical dialogue in a variety of topics.

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Philosophy, B.A.

"Philosophy" means love of wisdom in Greek. The practice of philosophy begins, as Aristotle said, with a sense of wonder. From simple questions children ask—"Why?", "What is God like?", "Does the universe come to an end?" —to complex queries such as the nature of virtue, the meaning of existence, the nature of human knowledge, the nature of reality, the nature of God, etc.

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Lyceum covers topics from Jesus to fashion

MTSU's Philosophy Department sponsors an annual lecture series, the Applied Philosophy Lyceum, conceived with Aristotle's Lyceum in mind. The Lyceum has covered topics ranging from issues in environmental ethics to theories of love and friendship. In its 20-year history, the series has brought such distinguished speakers as Arthur Danto, Lewis Gordon, Joel Kovel, Helen Longino, and Bart Ehrman to MTSU. Recent topics included "Misquoting Jesus," "What's a Black Artist?," and "Dressing Down Dressing Up: The Philosophic Fear of Fashion."

Learning launched 'commitment to social justice'

Dr. Debra Jackson (B.A. Philosophy, 1996), associate professor, California State University-Bakersfield, says MTSU's Philosophy, Women Studies, and Honors programs provided her "with a rich, engaging educational experience." She has published essays on identity politics and gaming, sexual violence discourse, and biotechnology; a critical thinking textbook; and a paper on witnessing trauma that has been accepted for a book. "My years at MTSU were among the best of my life. They formed my passion for learning and my commitment to social justice," says Jackson, who participated in the Women and Power Conference and Applied Philosophy Lyceum.

News Briefs

Lyceum covers topics from Jesus to fashion

MTSU's Philosophy Department sponsors an annual lecture series, the Applied Philosophy Lyceum, conceived with Aristotle's Lyceum in mind. The Lyceum has covered topics ranging from issues in environmental ethics to theories of love and friendship. In its 20-year history, the series has brought such distinguished speakers as Arthur Danto, Lewis Gordon, Joel Kovel, Helen Longino, and Bart Ehrman to MTSU. Recent topics included "Misquoting Jesus," "What's a Black Artist?," and "Dressing Down Dressing Up: The Philosophic Fear of Fashion."

Learning launched 'commitment to social justice'

Dr. Debra Jackson (B.A. Philosophy, 1996), associate professor, California State University-Bakersfield, says MTSU's Philosophy, Women Studies, and Honors programs provided her "with a rich, engaging educational experience." She has published essays on identity politics and gaming, sexual violence discourse, and biotechnology; a critical thinking textbook; and a paper on witnessing trauma that has been accepted for a book. "My years at MTSU were among the best of my life. They formed my passion for learning and my commitment to social justice," says Jackson, who participated in the Women and Power Conference and Applied Philosophy Lyceum.

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Philosophy majors can use their logic, argumentation, and communication skills for a number of professions. Those can range from creating software and developing computer language, to pursuing legal and mediation careers, to helping shape policy for non-profit and governmental organizations. Examples of professions and fields include

  • Computer Science
  • Curator/archivist/arts management
  • Editor/publisher
  • Executive/management
  • Government and Public Policy
  • Higher education
  • Law
  • Literary criticism
  • Mediator
  • Medicine
  • Non-profit policy maker
  • Novelist/non-fiction writer/poet
  • Philosophical counselor
  • Software creator/systems engineer
  • Teacher/professor
  • Technical writer

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Americorps
  • Around America
  • BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.)
  • California State University, Bakersfield
  • Community Health Systems
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • Federal Government
  • Florida State University
  • Freelance organizer and videographer
  • HCA (Hospital Corporation of America)
  • Old Dominion Freight Line
  • Parallon HCA
  • SunTrust Bank
  • Tennessee Center for Child Welfare
  • Tennessee State Government
  • Tufts University
  • University of Central Oklahoma
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Toledo

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