Why Study Philosophy?

By studying Philosophy you will increase skills in logic-based critical thinking, written communication, problem solving, oral communication, analytical thinking, and textual interpretation and analysis.

You will also have the opportunity to study classic texts in the history of ideas, East & West contemporary works in ethics and epistemology, feminism and philosophy of science, Individual thinkers in depth, and environmental ethics & wildlife ethics.

What are the Possibilities?

The study of philosophy provides students the opportunity to analyze and thoughtfully respond to the fundamental ideas and basic concepts of human experience. It requires the constructive re-experiencing of those problems and doubts found in the principal writings of Western and Eastern philosophical traditions. In the Philosophy department, you’ll be part of an engaging and supportive learning community of students and faculty. Outside of class, you can engage with fellow students and faculty through Philosophy Socials, Philosophy Club, Philosophy Colloquia, Humboldt Philosophy Forum, and road trips to nearby undergraduate philosophy conferences.   

Accordingly, the philosophy program at Cal Poly Humboldt places foundational importance on the history of philosophy. The goal is to examine ourselves, diverse cultures, and different world views with the aims of analyzing and contributing toward a reformation of self and environment. Cal Poly Humboldt is situated between redwood forests and the ocean, creating an incredible environment for students to live and learn. The nearby beaches, lagoons, forests, mountains, and state parks provide a uniquely beautiful, peaceful and inspiring environment for fostering reflection and exploration.

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