Department of Philosophy Programs

Students who study philosophy learn to think clearly and with autonomy; they become problem-solvers. Southern’s philosophy degree, taught by world-renowned faculty, is accentuated by specialized courses in applied philosophy — courses such as Computer Ethics, Bio-Medical Ethics, Business Ethics, Philosophy of Education, and Moral Problems in the Law — and prepares students for exciting careers in teaching and research, public administration, business, law, and journalism.

We offer a Minor in Religious Studies for students who either:

  • wish to explore the influence on and interrelationships between religion and such cultural institutions and areas of human experience as art, history, literature, politics, ethics, and science; or
  • wish to be prepared to teach world religions or aspects of religion as part of humanities programs in schools; or
  • intend to do graduate work in religious studies programs.

The Science, Values and Society minor is best suited for students interested in ideas, concepts and concerns located at the intersection of science and values. By engaging in these topics, the Science, Values and Society minor will gain a broader understanding of the social and ethical implications of scientific practices, scientific methodologies, and technologies. The Science, Values and Society minor is especially helpful when paired with a scientific or interdisciplinary major so that the student receives a more well-rounded scientific education, one that allows the student to fully understand the role of science within a broader societal structure.