While the philosophy minor is new, at least one student is excited to become a part of the fledgling program.
Xavia Alloway, who also goes by Bree, is a senior political science major from Troy.
“I took a class with Dr. (Clifford) Lee, and I would talk to him after class,” she said. “He told me about the minor.”
Since taking that first class in ethics, Alloway has decided to make philosophy her minor. She said her current goals are to pursue a master’s degree in international relations and then a doctorate in philosophy.
“It helps you see things in a different way,” she said. “And it gives you a broader knowledge than what you’re raised in.”
Alloway said that she felt a philosophy minor would go well with most majors, but she felt that it goes especially well with a science major to achieve “a balance” in learning. She said that while many science classes are memorizing facts, philosophy opens a discussion.
Though she is not sure of the career she wishes to pursue, Alloway said that one of the options she is considering is a role within the United Nations. She feels that philosophy could help her understand different cultures.
“Even traveling is not as good of exposure as taking a philosophy class,” she said.