Department of Philosophy
Intellectually stimulating. Intrinsically rewarding. Philosophy is a dynamic major that builds competencies in critical thinking, argumentation and communication. Its real-world focus fosters innovative thinking and leadership attributes applicable to careers in law, business, education, journalism, medicine and public service.
Coursework is rigorous, theoretical and practical. You’ll study classic philosophers, engage in Socratic dialog and probe contemporary issues. You’ll explore your own values, opinions and presuppositions as you delve into complex topics.
Personal attention, faculty collaboration and interdisciplinary opportunities are at the forefront of the major. You'll supplement classroom studies with enriching experiential learning opportunities, including independent study projects, internships and study abroad.
Philosophy offers outstanding preparation for graduate and professional school as well as workplace opportunities. It teaches you to address topics and questions in a critical, systematic way. It fosters ethical decision-making and builds skills in reasoning, problem-solving and oral and written communication.
Faculty-student mentoring is inherent to the program. You’ll learn from professors with impressive credentials and professional connections.
Gain an edge for LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, GRE
Because it builds strong analytical, problem-solving and communication skills, Philosophy offers excellent preparation for the entrance exams required for law, medicine, business, computer science and engineering schools as well as other disciplines. Students interested in these career areas can benefit from majoring or minoring in Philosophy.
- Social policy/government
- Sales executives
- Human resource managers
- Legal professionals
Offered as a major and minor, philosophy enables you to have a customized approach to your studies. In conjunction with a faculty advisor, you’ll create a personalized plan for coursework and experiential learning that addresses your professional interests and career goals.
An outstanding companion field of study, philosophy supports and enhances the disciplines of psychology, English, communications, theatre, economics, business and computer science. Because it has a moderate number of course requirements, it is often chosen as a second major or minor.
Student success is a top priority. Small class sizes, individual attention and faculty mentoring are at the core of BW's program.
Experiential learning bridges classroom study with real-world opportunities. You can enhance your studies through internships, co-curricular activities and other learning opportunities.
On campus, philosophy students are regularly recognized for their achievements.
Phi Sigma Tau is the International Honor Society in Philosophy. It provides a forum where interested and competent students can communicate and exchange ideas with faculty and students of similar interest at BW and throughout the world.
At the annual Honors Ceremony in the spring, recognitions include the Delo C. Grover Scholarship and Dr. Laura Anders Canis Philosophy Scholarship.
Philosophy students are also eligible for the Georgianna & Alfred B. Bonds, Jr. Scholarship and Gibler Scholarship (for students planning to pursue a career in ministry, medicine or law).
Experiential learning bridges classroom study with real-world opportunities. You can enhance your studies through internships, co-curricular activities and other learning opportunities that include:
STUDENT CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS
Philosophy Club-Le Café Philosophique
Have you ever thought about what it really means to be “connected"? Or perhaps you’ve craved an opportunity to engage in meaningful discussion about universal topics like life and death, love and hate, peace and war, joy and sadness? BW’s Café Philosophique, or Café-Philo for short, encourages students to gather and explore myriad subjects in a respectful dialogue format where every individual is heard and can speak freely.
At Baldwin Wallace, you’ll experience personal and professional growth in a supportive community that challenges and inspires you to succeed.
Baldwin Wallace has long championed the success of its students. Evidence of this can be seen in the extraordinary achievements of its alumni spread throughout the United States and the world. Among recent accolades, 92 percent of graduates from the Class of 2014 reported being in rewarding jobs or in graduate school studies within six months after graduation.
Recent philosophy graduates are finding success in graduate schools and in a variety of careers.
Paul Krause ’15 is pursuing an M.A. in theology and political theology at Yale University Divinity School. As an undergraduate at BW, the Parma, Ohio, native conducted research in China, presented at the 2014 ASIANetwork academic conference in Chicago and had two papers published in academic journals.
Brooke Hamilton ’13 is law clerk for Reminger Attorneys at Law in Cleveland and J.D. candidate at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Under the mentorship of BW faculty, the Cleveland native developed her ability to analyze large amounts of information critically and accurately, essential skills in law school.
Chair, Philosophy Department
Ph.D., DePaul University
Director, Honors Program
Ph.D., University of Oregon
Ph.D., Duquesne University
E. Eugene Kleist
Ph.D., Boston College
M.A., Cleveland State University