Philosophy is the love of wisdom, and experience teaches us that wisdom comes from asking questions. This is what we do in philosophy. In asking questions we are working in the spirit of Socrates who famously claimed, "The unexamined life is not worth living." Philosophy students at CSS examine questions about ethics, meaning, the nature of reality, what it means to know, social justice, and more. 

The main benefit of the study of philosophy is developing the ability to think critically and for oneself. More than problem solving, it is the ability to make informed and reflective judgments in ambiguous situations, which is highly valued in all professions. Nationwide, Philosophy majors earn top scores on exams like the LSAT, MCAT, and GMAT, and by mid-career are among the highest earners in their chosen fields. Recent CSS Philosophy majors and have utilized their degree to expand their career development in exciting ways, including to become educators, lawyers, artists, and administrators. The Department also offers a minor in Philosophy, which students can tailor to meet their interests and career goals. 


The Philosophy Department offers these programs:

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