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Philosophy at Smith

Among the benefits of studying philosophy are the well-crafted tools it offers for approaching questions that we as human beings inevitably face—perhaps especially when we are called upon to make decisions about the direction of our lives. The responses we make to such questions are likely to be of great interest not just to ourselves but to our family members, our friends, and those with whom we work:

Philosophy departments over time and across the globe frame vital inquiries like these in different ways. Here is a small but representative sample of the kinds of questions raised in courses currently offered by the Department of Philosophy at Smith:

Recognizing that no single academic discipline offers the only way of posing and responding to such questions, the philosophy department at Smith takes very seriously the possibility of students including courses offered outside the department towards completion of the major.

For further information on our programs, see The Major & Minor. For descriptions of our courses, see Courses Offered.