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Philosophy Mission Statement and Department Goals

Mission Statement:

The Philosophy Department seeks to help all Wofford students develop into mature, independent thinkers who will make positive contributions to their communities. For those who choose to major or minor in philosophy, the department also seeks to provide sufficient opportunity for them to develop skills and philosophical sophistication to a degree appropriate for a high-quality liberal arts institution. The department also aims to support the College’s liberal arts mission by offering a strongly interdisciplinary curriculum.

Departmental Goals:

I. Through required General Education courses, the Philosophy Department aims to help all students
  • think critically about the various options surrounding an issue
  • recognize and evaluate patterns of argument
  • develop facility with complex and abstract concepts
  • develop an understanding of different points of view
  • resist the tendency to make premature judgments

II. For students who major or minor in philosophy, the department seeks to maintain a program of courses that will enable them to develop
  • a familiarity with the historical development of Western philosophy
  • a knowledge of fundamental concepts of philosophy and the ability to use those concepts correctly
  • the ability to state, criticize and defend a position philosophically.

III. By offering a wide range of interdisciplinary courses, the department seeks to
  • enable students to recognize and understand the interconnections between diverse fields of knowledge
  • encourage all students and faculty to consider the broader implications of their work and study
  • foster the growth and development of intellectual community throughout the College