The goal of the philosophy program is to teach students to think, write, and speak clearly and logically, and be able to analyze and compare values. These skills are invaluable in everyday life as well as in any occupation that demands leadership and administrative ability.
The philosophy program aims to produce analytical thinkers, writers, and speakers who reflect on their value systems and become more socially responsible, well-prepared for the personal and professional challenges that they encounter after graduation. The study of philosophy provides students with skills that will serve them well at Centre and beyond.
Philosophy students read and debate the writings of great philosophers in the past as well as those of contemporary thinkers. Courses in philosophy commonly involve a good deal of class discussion and numerous small writing assignments in which students develop their ability to analyze texts, argue for a position, and write clearly.
In addition to reading the work of contemporary philosophers, every philosophy major and minor studies texts from different historical periods, from ancient Greece to the 20th century. A common sequence for a philosophy major to follow includes taking one 100-level course in the first year, PHI 210 and 220 in the sophomore year, and three courses numbered 300 or above in both the junior and senior year.