Welcome to the home page of the Department of Philosophy at Illinois State University.
The primary mission of the Department of Philosophy is to prepare our students to be curious and critical life-long learners. Studying philosophy will help provide you with important skills that will serve you well both during your time on campus and throughout your life after graduation.
According to the American Philosophical Association, the study of Philosophy “develops intellectual abilities important for life as a whole, beyond the knowledge and skills required for any particular profession…It enhances analytical, critical, and interpretive capacities that are applicable to any subject matter and in any human context.”
In our philosophy courses you can expect to:
The Department of Philosophy offers both a Major and a Minor in Philosophy as well as minors in Religious Studies and in Cognitive Science. Philosophy faculty also play key roles in the Environmental Studies Program and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.
Information about all of these programs, the individual courses we offer, and our faculty can be found on these pages. If you would like additional information about any of our programs or our courses, please feel free to contact me or any member of the Philosophy Department.
Christopher D. Horvath, Interim Department Chair