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Student Insights

Philosophy class

Some of our students have shared their accounts of the value of studying Philosophy at Pacific.

“I have enjoyed all the philosophy classes I have taken at the University of the Pacific but the upper division courses like Meta-Ethics and Metaphysics are especially a treat because they forced me to think critically about things I talk about and think about cursorily all the time. Although, I have to say, the best thing about being a part of the Philosophy department is that I have great professors who are all very engaging and passionate about their fields of study and enjoy engaging young people, like myself, in those discussions. Philosophy is never about feeling bad because you don't know the answer but about feeling good that you ask the right questions.” Chinwe Ohanele, Class of 2010
Philosophy & Economics double-major
Pre-Law minor

“Moral Problems provided a comfortable and exciting environment for debating some of the most controversial issues facing our country and its citizens. Learning more about both sides of the abortion, euthanasia, and drug law debates gave me a much better understanding of my own views. I highly enjoyed voicing my opinion in class and having it both supported and countered by my peers.”Ian Keighley, Class of 2010
Communication major

“When I decided to take Introduction to Logic in order to fulfill both my major and general education requirements, I was rather skeptical about the course. Not being a huge fan of math, I thought that the class would be fairly boring and tedious. However, my experience in Logic could not have been further from that. Not only was the material interesting, but -- lame as it might sound -- I actually found the class fun. Dr. Rennard engaged the students in a way that made me eager to come to class. In addition to the personal gratification I received from taking the class, Logic also has a number of practical applications. For instance, I have heard many students comment that taking the course helped improve their reasoning ability and better prepared them for taking the LSATs.” Kyrsten Keith, Class of 2009
Philosophy and English double-major
Film Studies minor

“Environmental Ethics was constantly interesting and balanced a broad range of different philosophical ideas in a setting that was open to student discussion and ideas. Even from the standpoint of a Pre-Pharmacy student, the course was a lot of fun and helped me to round out my views on the world and my impact on the environment.” Casey Ardrey, Class of 2011
2+3 Pre-Pharmacy major

“Philosophy of Science was definitely the most useful class for me as a philosophy major. I find myself referencing the arguments and ideas covered in Philosophy of Science in many other classes.” Andrew Gorham, Class of 2010
Philosophy-Economics-Math triple-major