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College of Arts & Sciences



Barbara Coffey


Department of Humanities

Love of Wisdom


The word philosophy means the love of wisdom.

Philosophy courses at Baker encourage students to seek wisdom by helping them to think carefully and critically about fundamental issues.

Philosophy students develop critical thinking and communication skills that are useful in any career. Those skills, coupled with the understanding of societal values, will make you highly sought by today’s employers.

Through the study of the writings of major philosophers, students learn to understand, analyze, and evaluate competing claims about the answers to our most basic questions: How should I live my life? What should my values be? What are my duties and obligations as a rational being? How can I decide when a claim is reasonable to believe?

Create your own major

Students may choose a major or minor in philosophy or a joint major in philosophy and religion. These studies will grasp and analyze theories, values, and beliefs. Students will learn to express ideas, beliefs, and opinions through clear and persuasive prose.

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Exceptional Experience


Discussion and Dialogue

Small class sizes and a 12-to-1 student-to-professor ratio mean you receive personal attention from professors and can get to know your peers. At Baker, we encourage an open academic dialogue, which is key in a field like philosophy.

Prepare For Graduate School

Studies by the Department of Education show that philosophy majors receive top scores on standardized tests like the GRE, GMAT, and LSAT. They rank first among all majors on the verbal and the analytical section of the GRE, do better than just about any other major on the LSAT, and consistently score higher than business majors on the GMAT.

Global Citizenship

Baker makes studying abroad easy, allowing most Baker financial awards and scholarships to be applied directly to study abroad for one full semester. Whether your interest is art, politics, or business, your first-hand exposure to an international setting will help you grow as a scholar.


Our philosophy majors have landed these jobs:

  • Lawyer
  • Banker
  • Public relations director
  • Social worker and nonprofit worker
  • Professor
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The Department of Humanities gives these awards with financial prizes to be applied to the following years tuition:

  • Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship
  • Dr. Irene Murphy Memorial Scholarship
  • Etta and Orin Murphy Scholarship Kahle Endowed Scholarship
  • Kahle Endowed Scholarship
  • The Moorman Prize for Prose Writing
  • The Moorman Prize for Poetry Writing
  • Jefferson-Greiner Scholarship
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Philosophy Course Descriptions

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Donald Hatcher

Professor of Philosophy, Director of Liberal Arts & Critical Thinking Program

B.G.S., M.A., M. Phil., Ph.D. University of Kansas

Expertise: critical thinking, philosophy of religion, philosophy of science

Office: Case Hall 102

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