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Department of Philosophy

Q&A with Kaleigh Hodges

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Name: Kaleigh Hodges
Major: Philosophy
Future goals: Complete the Master of Teaching program at VCU and work in a high needs high school
Philosophy teaches students how to think critically about the information they consume and the choices they make.

When did you decide you wanted to study philosophy?

I was originally a biomedical engineering student and was required to take the philosophy course Thinking About Moral Problems. I wasn’t sure if I would like the class, but I ended up really enjoying it. I learned about several popular theories in the field of ethics (now my favorite subject in philosophy) and I changed my major before the end of the semester.

Do you have a favorite professor in your department?

I love taking classes with Dr. Catherine Sutton. I always appreciate the way she explains the material. She makes it very accessible and interesting. Dr. Sutton also really cares about all of her students. I remember that there was going to be a large storm coming through a few years ago and there was expected flooding. Dr. Sutton passed out papers with information on what to do in emergencies and how to plan for a power outage. It was really considerate.

What other philosophy activities are you involved in?

I’m very involved with the philosophy club. The philosophy club organizes visits by guest speakers, as well as talks by faculty members from our department. We also have regular meetings that consist of our members discussing different philosophical topics that we find interesting, like, “how many holes are in a straw?” The club gives the department an opportunity to come together and discuss topics beyond the classroom. It is also a way for those who are not familiar with philosophy or the department to learn more about us and possibly become interested enough to pursue a major/minor in philosophy.

Why should a student major in philosophy?

Philosophy is such an interesting and resourceful major. It teaches students how to think critically about the information they consume and the choices they make. Philosophy is also a very flexible degree that can be applied to many fields. Anyone who is considering medicine or some other profession that requires graduate education should consider being a philosophy major. You will gain robust critical thinking skills, higher placement test scores and something interesting to talk about in interviews.

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