Major & Minors
Image: Carrie Schneider, Cauleen Reading Gwendolyn Brooks (detail), North America, United States, 2012-2014, C-print, Edition 3/5, frame: 37x31.5x2in., sheet: 36x30in., Collection of DePaul Art Museum, (Philosophy Curated Collection, Selected by: Birmingham, Theme: Solitude)
The core of our undergraduate program of study, for both majors and minors, is the history sequence, which ensures that every
student is familiar with the trajectory of the European tradition, from the birth of philosophia among the ancient Greeks
to the latest theories of twentieth and twenty-first century figures. However, this core tradition is then itself complicated,
called into question, challenged, and thereby invigorated, through a wide variety of advanced courses, some on more specific figures
or themes from the European tradition, some on various philosophical projects critiquing that tradition (such as psychoanalytic
thought, post-structuralism, feminism, post-colonial thought, queer theory, and many others), and some in which that tradition is
illuminatingly compared and contrasted with Asian, African, and Latin American thought.
This program provides every student who graduates with a major or a minor in philosophy with a rich and complex understanding
of the contemporary world in which they live, as informed by a long historical tradition and complicated by other perspectives often
neglected by that very tradition. Graduates of our program are thus young people with a rich historical consciousness, thoughtful
individuals who are good readers and writers, armed with the tools of critical thinking that will be essential to success in
whatever career they choose.