Philosophy encourages us to think deeply, to question what we have presumed, and, broadly, to see the world from different perspectives. It approaches some of the deepest and oldest questions humanity has asked (e.g., “What is the meaning of life?”) and some of the most practical (e.g., “Should I eat meat?”). The Department of Philosophy provides a strong background in traditional philosophy and specializes in global philosophies and applied ethics (especially environmental and animal ethics).