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The Philosophy program leads students into an exploration of the history of methods and ideas of great thinkers, offering students a variety of courses in which they are challenged to develop their own logical, critical and ethical thinking skills and apply them to contemporary issues and their own daily lives.

The Philosophy Department educates students for life with a worldview informed by the mission, vision and values of NDNU. The course offerings draw on philosophers and issues relevant to various ethnic, historical, cultural and religious backgrounds. Philosophy is understood as an “ethos” and “a way of life.” Faculty integrate modern ideas and issues into the curriculum, following the Socratic maxim that “an unexamined life is not worth living.”