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Philosophy is an invigorating study that prepares every student for an appreciation of the value of the philosophical life; a life focused on the love and pursuit of wisdom by examining the rich philosophical content of the Eastern and Western intellectual traditions. Students cultivate within themselves and others the habits of critical thinking and reflection on concrete problems and issues in a fully human life.   

Mission

The Philosophy Department at the College of Western Idaho strives to inspire within every student an appreciation of the value of the philosophical life: a life focused on the love and pursuit of wisdom (sophia). Through academic courses, interactions with students, and presentations to academic and non-academic audiences, members of the department promote this appreciation for philosophy by examining and teaching the rich philosophical content of the Western intellectual tradition; they aspire to cultivate within themselves and others the habits of critical thinking and reflection on concrete problems and issues in a fully human life.

Why This Program

Courses will prepare students to think critically and rationally, and to cultivate deeper reflection on problem solving. Philosophy is a designated major for transfer to University of Idaho toward Law School. Curriculum emphasizes ethics and the pursuit of wisdom in professional and personal contexts. Completion of the program is designed to result in an Associate of Arts in Philosophy and meets the general education requirements of all Idaho public universities.

Clubs

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Additional Opportunities

  • Preparation for law school, business, liberal arts.
  • A recent comprehensive study of college students' scores on major tests used for admission to graduate and professional schools shows that students majoring in Philosophy received scores substantially higher than the average on each of the tests studied. The study compared the scores of 550,000 college students who took the LSAT, GMAT, and the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE with data collected over the previous eighteen years and was conducted by the National Institute of Education and reported in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Respectful Community

The College of Western Idaho is committed to maintaining a Respectful Community by providing equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate in services, benefits, or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, veteran status, age, or any other legally protected status.  More on Title IX

News and Blogs

Congratulations to Greg Wilson, College of Western Idaho’s Faculty of Distinction for January 2021.

College of Western Idaho’s Faculty of Distinction for May is Michael Robinson.