ChooseWhy Choose This Program?
Why Study Philosophy at Goucher?
William James said philosophy is “the habit of always seeing an alternative.” By creating alternatives, philosophy holds out the promise of shaping a better world. This lies at the heart of our mission. We teach students to reflect on the meaning and significance of their own experiences by posing questions they may not yet have the means to answer. In fact, the work of philosophy is not so much to produce definitive answers as it is to question given answers, to interrogate our basic assumptions and habits of thought. The Philosophy Program at Goucher College cultivates this critical standpoint by emphasizing both the history of philosophy and the practice of philosophizing.
LearnWhat Will You Learn?
What Will You Learn?
Students develop many transferable skills that can be used in a variety of careers, including analytical and organizational thinking, research, oral and written communication, problem solving, diverse data integration, adaptation to change, persuasion, and digestion of complicated materials. Goucher’s unique mission and liberal arts curriculum help students master the skills employers overwhelmingly want in job candidates. After graduation, many of our students attend top graduate programs, while others embark on careers in fields such as business, nonprofit organizations, government, law, medicine, ministry, finance, psychology, counseling, diplomacy, and ethics. Learn More
DoWhat Will You Do?
What Will You Do?
You will study the history of philosophy, discovering that the discipline has changed dramatically over the centuries in both its content and its character. You will practice philosophy, developing skills of analysis and methodological self-awareness to help you make good judgments and begin solving contemporary problems. And you will engage in close readings of primary texts, learning not only how philosophical thought has continually put its own truths into question, but how many of our most familiar academic disciplines began as philosophic questions.
Major & Minor Program Contacts
Philosophy: Steven DeCaroli
Steven DeCaroli, Professor of Philosophy: Contemporary Philosophy, Modern Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Chinese Philosophy, Aesthetics
Tamsin Kimoto, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: women of color feminisms, queer and trans studies, health humanities, philosophy of race, and social and political philosophy
Martin Shuster, Associate Professor of Philosophy: Value theory (ethics, political philosophy, and aesthetics), Critical theory (race, gender, anti-colonial, Marxisms), European philosophy from the 17th century onwards, American philosophy (esp. Richard Rorty and Stanley Cavell), and Philosophy of Religion (esp. Jewish thought and philosophy)
By studying abroad, choosing three-week intensive courses led by Goucher faculty or semester programs suited to their academic plans, Goucher philosophy students gain a global perspective that enhances their course of study. Visit the Office of Global Education for more information.
Opportunities & Internships
Veritas: The Philosophy Club / Annual Philosophy Conference
The student members of the Goucher College Philosophy Club directly plan and organize the department's annual undergraduate philosophy conference. The conference began in 2004 and attracts participants from the United States and Canada. In past years the conference's keynote speakers have included:
2019: Shiloh Whitney, Fordham University
2018: Daniel Smith, Perdue University
2017: Rochelle Green and Allison Merrick, California State University San Marcos San
2016: David Wood, Vanderbilt University
2015: Dominic Pettman, New School for Social Research
2014: James Risser, Seattle University
2013: Peg Birmingham, DePaul University
2012: Lisa Guenther, Vanderbilt University
2011: Babette Babich, Fordham University
2010: Len Lawlor, Penn State University
2009: Jason Read, University of Southern Maine
2008: Nancy Holland, Hamline University
2007: John Carvalho, Villanova University
2006: Eduardo Mendieta, SUNY Stonybrook
2005: Walter Brogan, Villanova University
2004: Alphonso Lingis, Penn State University
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News from the Center for Geographies of Justice
- June 3, 2022
Irline François has received a Fulbright Distinguished Professor Award in the Humanities and Social Sciences, a prestigious award in the Fulbright cohort.
- November 23, 2021
Associate Professor of Peace Studies, Jennifer Bess, publishes new book, Where the Red-Winged Blackbirds Sing: The Akimel O'odham and Cycles of Agricultural Transformation in the Phoenix Basin (University of Press of Colorado, 2021).