The Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy emphasizes study of the history of philosophy and training in contemporary philosophical research. Philosophy majors develop skill in identifying and critically evaluating arguments, thinking clearly and independently, writing analytically, and applying principles of logic and good reasoning. They acquire an understanding of the history of Western Philosophy and of fundamental issues regarding central philosophical topics. They learn how to develop and defend their own philosophical views. Philosophy fosters an open-minded, non-dogmatic attitude, the ability to offer and accept criticism without personalizing it, and the capacity to tolerate uncertainty. The major is designed for maximum flexibility in the choice of courses and is ideal as a stand-alone major supplemented by electives in other disciplines, or as part of a double major. Philosophy provides training for any career requiring analytical skills, intellectual discipline, and facility in considering issues from diverse viewpoints. Philosophy majors work in many fields, including law, medicine, business, public service, education, media, and more.