The study of philosophy is the study of ideas - how they are formed and
how they evolve. Since youre reading this, chances are you are something
of a philosopher already. And although philosophy is often thought of
as an abstract, non-real world exercise, philosophy is actually
the foundation of thought behind law, journalism, medicine, science, theology
We recognize that the study of philosophy is more than reading Plato or Kant; it is also about seeing the effects of philosophical ideas in the real world. That is why we encourage students to think about, discuss, and write about philosophy applied to life. In other words, we do philosophy at St. Andrews. Lively discussions of wide-ranging ideas predominate in the classroom. In addition to our course offerings, St. Andrews sends a team each year to compete in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ethics Bowl and is beginning an active program in applied ethics on campus in partnership with North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities.