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About Our Department

Philosophy, which literally means “the love of wisdom”, is about finding the truth and telling the truth. It asks the big questions about oneself and one's world: Who am I? What can I know? What is the good life? Philosophy is not only about seeking the answers to questions like these; it is also about communicating the truth in a society that is often unmoored from the truth. This is why the study of philosophy, which seeks the truth, and rhetoric, which communicates the truth, go hand in hand.

Philosophy and Rhetoric is one department but offers a wide range of programs to suit the individual needs and interests of students.  Our faculty are committed to excellence in teaching and research.  Through small classes and individualized learning, we will get to know you and will help you to get the most out of your education. Our recent graduates have been admitted to prestigious graduate schools across the country and have gone on to distinguish themselves in careers such as philosophy, law, non-profits, and ministry. 

Why Study Philosophy at OCU?

Excellent Preparation for Graduate or Professional School

Philosophy majors score exceptionally well on the Law School Admissions Test, the Graduate Record Exam, and the Graduate Management Aptitude Test. In recent years, philosophy majors scored higher on the LSAT than all other majors except math and economics. On the GMAT, philosophy majors scored higher than all others except physics majors. On the GRE verbal section, philosophy majors scored higher than all other majors. On the math section, they scored at least 10% higher than all other humanities majors. A recent article about the success of philosophy majors concluded with the question: "Why not study something practical, like philosophy?"

Develop Valuable Leadership Skills

The study of philosophy develops many “transferable skills” that are relevant to any path that you pursue:

• Leadership: vision, problem-solving & decision-making

• Values: greater autonomy, empathy, & moral responsibility

• Communication: reading, speaking, & writing

• Creative thinking: analogy, synthesis, & imagination

• Critical thinking: analysis, evaluation, & persuasion

The Department encourages students to pursue a second major in another field. We believe that philosophy is good preparation for long-term success in anything that you want to do. Keep in mind that what fits the job description of entry-level positions is rarely what is required for a successful long-term career, given how rapidly the needs of employers and personal circumstances change. Today the average worker will have nearly a dozen different jobs over the span of his or her lifetime. Philosophical training develops valuable transferable skills that will enable you to adapt to changing careers and demands throughout your lifetime. 

Live Well

An undergraduate education should prepare you not only for your future career but also for your future life. Philosophy is education for a lifetime. It helps you to see the world more broadly and to think about the meaning of life more deeply.