Philosophy Programs

At Gettysburg College, we see philosophy as a part of the well-lived life and as a bridge to all intellectual pursuits. Philosophy is not about memorizing the views of past thinkers, but about confronting the challenges and opportunities of the real world in ways that lead to insight, wisdom, and engagement.

The department offers a major and minor in Philosophy.

Related Program: Peace & justice studies minor

Find out more about our programs, explore the courses offered, and meet our faculty.

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Student Profile

When Jerome Clarke ’17 first arrived on campus, he knew he wanted to seek out opportunities where he could make a difference.

“I decided a long time ago that I wanted to do impactful things on this campus,” Clarke said. “I oriented myself that way and charged at it, which just happens to land me in many of the different places I’ve landed in.”

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Tarek A. Tannous Memorial Award

Tarek TannousThe Philosophy Department is proud to announce the establishment of the Tarek A. Tannous Memorial Award, to be given each year to a student whose insight into global issues, interest in human nature, or passion for philosophical discourse is an inspiration to others.  Tarek, a philosophy major, graduated in 1996.  The award is endowed by his widow Jana Jackle, a 1997 English and French major. 

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Mahan Great Questions Grants

Provided by Frederick Mahan, Class of 1952, the purpose of the Great Questions Grants is to encourage and assist students of Gettysburg College to reflect deeply on the perennial Great Questions all humans ask about faith and reason, values, meaning, and purpose. It supports interdisciplinary explorations of the connections between faith, values, and life, including education, career, interpersonal relationships, lifestyle, ethics, mortality, truth, and personal and social transformation.

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