Philosophy

About the Department

Courses in Philosophy cover life’s fundamental questions: What is the best form of government? Are all people truly equal? Is there one standard of right and wrong for everyone, or are moral standards relative? What is the meaning of life? Is any human being truly wise? Can we survive death? Does God exist?

The analytical skills honed in Philosophy courses enhance a student’s chance for success in any major. Philosophy majors consistently register higher LSAT, GRE, and GMAT scores than students from other disciplines. While there are few jobs with the title “Philosopher,” Philosophy’s focus on thinking skills provides students with a valuable asset for professional preparation in the rapidly changing job market. Some employers look for skills, but all employers value thinking.

Department Information

Department Description: Courses in Philosophy cover life’s fundamental questions, such as what do we know, and how do we know it? What is the source and function of moral behavior? What is the nature of logic and correct reasoning? Students of Philosophy learn how history’s most profound thinkers have attempted to answer these questions; students also learn the thinking and reasoning skills that will allow them to answer these questions for themselves.

Department Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate an ability to recognize and critically evaluate issues that arise when people think about the nature of truth, life, the universe, morality, mind, God, and other issues of philosophical interest.
  • Become more aware and reflective individuals capable of independently assessing commonly held clichéd social assumptions and articulating informed and well-reasoned evaluations.
  • Become self motivated thinkers possessing the ability to rationally determine their beliefs and values for themselves.

Special Department Information: Because courses in Philosophy often require students to express themselves in writing, it is suggested that students complete ENGL 1410 Composition I prior to taking a Philosophy course.

Select this link for a complete listing of Philosophy course offerings.

Transfer Opportunities: The analytical skills honed in Philosophy courses enhance a student’s chance for success in any major. Students looking beyond a major, or considering a future specialization in philosophy, should know that Philosophy majors consistently register higher LSAT, GRE, and GMAT scores than students from other disciplines. The University of Virginia Law School found that Philosophy majors averaged 15 points higher on the Law School entrance exam than students from other majors. Courses in Philosophy greatly benefit anyone interested in law school, seminary, medicine, journalism, or attaining any graduate degree.

Career Opportunities: While there are few jobs with the title “Philosopher,” Philosophy’s focus on thinking skills provides students with a valuable asset in the rapidly changing job market. Not all philosophers become professors. Consider this partial list of philosophers (majored in Philosophy): Woody Allen, William Bennett, Bill Clinton, David Duchovny, Umberto Eco, John Elway, Harrison Ford, Vaclav Havel, Bruce Lee, Steve Martin, Pope John Paul II, Susan Sontag, George Soros, and Alex Trebeck. Some employers look for skills, but all employers value thinking.

Career Titles: Lawyer, Journalist, Professor

Instructors

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Sarah Kath

Philosophy Instructor
Phone: 218-855-8008
Brainerd E336

Student Testimonials

Matt

Brainerd
“I really enjoy philosophy because it helps me to think out of the box, to question why and to explore different theories that may not fit in the confines of our daily thought.”

Jacob

Staples
“The philosophy department here at CLC has taught me the importance of knowing myself. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.”

Lisa

Brainerd
“Being given an opportunity to enroll in a philosophy class at CLC has enhanced me not only as a student but personally as well. The open forum style makes it an enjoyable, thought-provoking class I look forward to.”

Jen

Pillager
“Philosophy has really opened my eyes to see things I had not noticed before. I’m finally learning to think for myself instead of accepting things ‘just because.’”

Employment Statistics

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