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Pythagoras is said to have coined the word philosophy which to the Greeks meant being a friend of wisdom. While wisdom is intrinsically valuable and philosophy has traditionally been a central element in a liberal education, a Minor in Philosophy also can provide students with transferable skills relevant to vocational success. Students not only can be exposed to the nature of ethics and aesthetics but also to logic and how one comes to understand the limits of truth, knowledge, and intellectual justification. Philosophy trains the individual to think rigorously and precisely, traits which are an especially good preparation for law school, as well as those professions in which the identification and solving of problems are important components of vocational success.

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Scott Squires, MA

About History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences Department

Solving the Real-World Issues of Today and Tomorrow 

Pittsburg State University’s School of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences consists of those specialties that have emerged as so desirable in the 21st century labor force. Students use the tools from GeographyHistoryPhilosophyPolitical ScienceCriminal JusticeSociology and Social Work programs and coursework to examine issues and to find sustainable solutions to complex problems affecting individuals, families, and society. 

The mission of the School of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences programs is to provide high quality instruction to students in ways that emphasize active learning, problem solving, and critical thinking through transformative experiences. Through our efforts, we aim to increase everyone’s awareness of how the ethnic, cultural, and other forms of diversity affect society. We invite you to visit the individual program areas to learn more about each field of study. 

Diversity and Inclusion: We are committed to collaboration, respect, understanding for all students, staff, and faculty. The programs of the School of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences at Pittsburg State University embraces a commitment to diversity as a community of individuals and programs which seek to reduce prejudice, disparities, discrimination and build a supportive environment for all.   

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