- Buckley Center 135, MSC 185
- 5000 N Willamette Blvd.
- Portland OR 97203
"Being a philosophy major, I have been asked many times: "Philosophy? What are you going to do with that?" Philosopher Martin Heidegger addressed this problem in a way that has always stuck with me: he said that the question is not what can you do with philosophy, but what can philosophy do with you? The growth I experienced while studying philosophy at UP was essential to my ability to go forth in the world, prepared with open eyes and an open, critically thinking mind. I am so grateful for the amazing professors at UP, who have deeply assisted in preparing me to question and enjoy life to the fullest. And they always made philosophy FUN, even when we were studying the most dense and incomprehensible pieces of work!
"While I have a long way to go and many new directions to grow, the professors at UP gave me the tools I need to continually find new mysteries to question, new injustices to take on, and new experiences to enrich and expand my life.
"I currently am working for a nonprofit organization called Chehalem Youth and Family Services, working with kids who have been abused and neglected in their past."
Amanda Mosher, '09
"During my time as a philosophy student, I encountered a department brimming with passionate, engaging, diverse, and accessible professors who shared, perhaps, only two things in common: a shameless encouragement of intellectual curiosity and a sincere dedication to their students. No question, it seemed, was insignificant, and no topic was off-limits. This couldn’t have been a more empowering or engaging environment, fostering the organic development of critical analytic skills through the formulation of questions, synthesis of arguments, personal reflection, and utilization of formal logic.
Equally significant has been the way my professors have partnered with me to help me reach my goals after graduation. Since then, I’ve found my professors eager to come to my aid as I applied to law school and needed letters of recommendation written on my behalf. This autumn I will be attending Harvard Law School, an accomplishment I owe in part to the dedicated faculty who helped facilitate my success both as an undergrad and as an alumnus; I couldn’t be more grateful for the tools they’ve given me and their unyielding support."
Sara Doran '11