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Philosophy classes at William Jewell are a mental adventure. You will think critically and rigorously about the big questions, such as What is the meaning of life? How should I behave? How do faith and intellectual inquiry intersect? What makes a society just?

Your William Jewell philosophy professors were trained at the top graduate programs in their field, with degrees from Oxford, the University of Notre Dame and the University of Pittsburgh. They work closely with you to improve the clarity, depth and analytical creativity of your thinking and introduce you to an ongoing 2,500-year-old conversation about some of the most important issues humans can contemplate.

Studying philosophy enables you to understand the foundations of your culture. Who are we, what shaped us and why do we see things as we do? Most philosophy students begin their studies thinking they may be the only ones who have ever pondered these questions, but they graduate knowing they have been participating in an ancient discipline that has shaped human experience.

Degree programs offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts


  • Intellectual challenge in a demanding classroom environment
  • Attention to real-world controversies concerning the environment,
    business, medicine, gender relations, abortion, sexuality, politics, and science.
  • All upper-level classes taught as 6-12 person seminars, focusing on informed
    student conversation
  • Small class sizes enable thoughtful discussion and rigorous examination of arguments
  • Expert faculty with Ph.D.s from top-tier philosophy graduate schools
  • Excellent preparation for law school, an MBA or the business world

Are you ready to tackle the “big questions”? Drop us an email, schedule a visit, or call us toll free (1-888-2-JEWELL).

Philosophy Faculty:

Kenneth D. Alpern, Ph.D.
Oxbridge Senior Tutor and Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Alpern received his B.A. from Kenyon College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. His specialty within philosophy is ethics, with particular expertise in moral psychology, history of ethics and applied ethics (medicine, business, and science and technology).

Randall Morris, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Morris received his B. A., M.A. and D.Phil. from The University of Oxford. His areas of scholarship and teaching are social and political philosophy, process philosophy, ethics and philosophy of religion.

Elizabeth Sperry, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy and Department Chair 
Dr. Sperry received her B.A. from Houghton College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. Her principal areas of expertise are in the fields of American philosophy, post-modernism, feminism and pragmatism. She is currently pursuing research on Rorty's theory of truth.


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