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Aristotle once called philosophy the “first science” because it deals with life’s big questions:
  • What things are real?
  • What is happiness and how do I find it?
  • What is justice and how do we create a just society?

At Randolph College, philosophy majors continue this long tradition of inquiry. They do so with an emphasis on how philosophy can make a difference in everyday life and to real-life moral issues, such as global hunger and animal welfare.

Philosophy majors learn to share their thoughts through carefully constructed arguments and critical discussions. Studying philosophy develops analytical and critical abilities, stimulates the imagination, and promotes clarity in speech and writing.

Because all of these skills are fundamental to virtually all human activities, the study of philosophy has significant practical value for one’s personal life and career success.

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