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Ultimately, Philosophy is meant to be lived, whether through changing our conduct in accordance to moral principles or changing the way we think about correct scientific methods. The Philosophy Department at FHSU makes it a point to be active in the community, wishing to educate those who have had little exposure to the study, and allowing them a chance to discuss topics not usually engaged in everyday conversation.
The Philosophy Department participates in workshops with high schools around the area. Focusing on specific topics, FHSU faculty and students interact with high school students from the Philosophy side of things. This is a great opportunity for these students to study and discuss topics that are not commonly taught at the high school level. This tends to be an enriching experience for all involved and strengthens the bond between the Department and the community.
Our apprenticeships give you the chance to work with a professor to sample what it is like to teach or conduct philosophical research. If you enroll in a teaching apprenticeship, you will shadow a professor, prepare lectures, and actually teach a class. In a research apprenticeship, you will learn what it takes to get a paper published, while submitting your own work. If you have a project in mind, speak with a faculty member to find the best way to develop your professional skills.
In your last year in our program, you will work on a one-on-one basis with a faculty member to develop a paper on a subject of your choice, which you will defend before students, faculty, and community members. This rigorous process gives you the opportunity to present and defend your ideas while you gain insight into the life of graduate students in philosophy. Check out some of the senior thesis presentations from the past few years.
In addition to opportunities within our department, we post announcements for undergraduate philosophy conferences and encourage our students to participate. Our students have traveled to other states to present their ideas and engage in the greater American philosophical community. Experiences like these prepare you to tackle nearly any public speaking situation you may encounter in the future.
For more information regarding the dates of various events or details of the events themselves, feel free to contact us at any time.
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