Students who study philosophy learn to think clearly and independently. They become problem-solvers.

David Pettigrew


Philosophy teaches a number of skills that are valuable in a variety of professions. The hallmark of philosophy education is critical thinking and inductive reasoning. Additionally, philosophy demonstrates that problems often have multiple solutions, and teaches its students to approach problems from a number of different perspectives. Philosophy is not a collection of facts to be memorized -- it is a methodological approach to thinking and problem solving, which is highly valued in a number of professions. Students who study philosophy realize higher performance on standardized tests for graduate education (GRE, LSAT, GMAT, etc.), as well as success in the professional world.

Our Philosophy Department offers a world-renowned faculty and a wide variety of classes, many of which satisfy university requirements. Our faculty members and students take part in many exciting programs on Southern's campus -- Honors College, interdisciplinary courses, and Women's Studies are a few examples of the extra-curricular programs offered. We also play host to the renowned Metaphilosophy Journal and the Research Center on Computing & Society.