Humanities and Arts Option
Description of the major
This major provides in-depth study of fundamental issues. Topics include ethics, social and political philosophy, and aesthetics--study of the good life, justice, and beauty; metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of religion--study of the nature of reality, mind, body, and the meaning of life and death; epistemology, philosophy of science, and logic--study of the nature of knowledge, truth, objectivity, and principles of sound reasoning; and subjects such as comparative philosophies and world cultures, feminist theory, and philosophical issues in technology, language, education, and the professions of law, business, medicine, communications, engineering, and agriculture. These studies enhance imaginative, interpretive, analytical, critical, and communicative capacities. Students thus may acquire intellectual abilities crucial for self-fulfillment, responsible participation in public life, and success in a wide range of careers, including law, business, education, journalism, medicine, and public service.
The Humanities and Arts Option provides students with a concentration in philosophical issues in the arts, art history, literature, languages, history and religion. It is designed for all students primarily interested in the philosophical dimensions of the arts, humanities, and cultural studies, including students with career or further educational goals in these fields.