What Rockhurst Students are Saying about Philosophy

“Philosophy has already helped me in everyday discussions because it helps me articulate ideas and viewpoints more clearly.”  Philosophy/Theology Majors; Non-Profit Leadership Minor, 2017

“There is not a career in this country that could not benefit from more reflective, logical and well-reasoned participants.  Philosophy is one of the few disciplines that provides intellectual space for that growth to occur.”  Philosophy/Math Majors, 2017.

“Philosophy has greatly expanded my worldview, and I have become a more well-rounded and intelligent individual which carries over into my everyday life.”  Philosophy/Political Science/Spanish Majors, 2016.

“Taking philosophy as a second Major is perfect; it allows your mind to become more developed and free.” Philosophy/Economics Majors, 2015.

“Philosophy simply makes life more awesome.  It broadens one’s reading, reasoning and writing skills.”  Philosophy/English Majors; Political Science Minor, 2014.

“Philosophy allows me to think critically in my relationship with patients and make decisions that ultimately respect patient integrity.” Philosophy/Biology Majors, 2014

“As a teacher, you have to deal with a variety of people with different moral views.  Philosophy helps me handle new situations with new people.  Philosophy/Biology Majors; Theology Minor, 2014.

 “I studied philosophy because I wanted a greater understanding of the world around me.” Philosophy/Psychology Majors; Art Minor, 2013

“It was the first real course that made me think about my beliefs.  I like the fact that the thinking in class carried over outside of class.”  Philosophy/Political Science Majors; Psychology Minor 2008

 “I think philosophy has given me a chance to examine my personal beliefs and helped give me perspective on why other people hold and justify different beliefs from my own.”   Philosophy/ Political Science/Economics Majors; History Minor, 2009

“Philosophy has prepared me to be a better, more effective thinker and nurse.”   Philosophy/Nursing Majors, 2009

“Philosophy has helped to expand my worldview, so I’ll be able to connect with people from other cultures better.”   Philosophy/English Majors; Secondary Education Minor, 2010

“Philosophy helped me improve my reading and writing skills as well as my ability to form and recognize arguments.”   Philosophy/Political Science Majors; Spanish Minor, 2011

“The program is great!  Classes are interesting and engaging.  Faculty are wonderful, and electives are challenging but not too difficult!”   Philosophy/Exercise Science Majors; Biology Minor, 2010

“The Philosophy Society, Phi Sigma Tau, has allowed students and professors to gather several times a semester to talk about philosophical problems and ideas.  I really enjoyed it.”      Philosophy Major, 2009

“The most important thing I feel I am taking away from my studies in philosophy is a confidence that my faith can be supported through philosophy and reason.”  Philosophy/Mathematics and Physics Majors; Computer Science Minor, 2009

“I know what I believe, but now I have reasoning behind what I believe.”   Philosophy/Political Science Majors, 2010

“Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, Berkeley are amongst the many intriguing philosophers I studied.  I liked the arguments for God’s existence and discussion of political theories in particular.”   Philosophy Major, 2010

“Philosophy is a broad subject that impacts every other subject and the outlook or worldview of someone.”   Philosophy/Accounting Majors, 2011

“Being exposed to many ethical schools of thought will allow me to see issues from several perspectives.  Philosophy courses forced me into uncomfortable positions that have challenged my values and what I believe.  I think it is a respectable quality to know one has gone through this examination and will continue to do so.”  Philosophy/Biology Majors, 2011            

“I enjoy learning about the Ancient Greeks, especially the Big Three (Socrates, Plato and Aristotle)!   Philosophy/Molecular Biology Majors, 2011

“Rockhurst has an outstanding group of Philosophy professors that are a huge asset to this University!”   Philosophy/Biology/Nursing Majors, 2002

“Aquinas, John Hick, Rousseau, Nietzsche, ideas of God and evil in the world and questions of morality and politics were the ones I found most interesting.”   Philosophy/Political Science Majors, 2011

“Philosophy provides a different outlook; it provides a way to analyze and appreciate everything from any intellectual area.”  Philosophy/Nursing Majors; Theology Minor, 2012

“I enjoy the subject. I find the content more applicable to life than most Majors.” Philosophy/Psychology Majors; Business Marketing Minor, 2010

(From the Department Survey of Philosophy Majors completed anonymously each year by graduating seniors.)