I am a graduate of the Jane Addams School of Social Work in Chicago, of Cedarville University, and of the Cedarville Honor’s program. I strongly oppose the decision to terminate the philosophy major and the positions of faculty within that department.
Philosophers and those who engage in philosophical thought have shaped the thinking of the world from ancient times to the present day. For a school who purports to want to shape people’s worldview, it seems incongruous to cut a program that teaches how the worldviews of entire cultures were shaped. Though a major in philosophy may not yield comparable economic returns as a major in engineering or pre-med, the goal of higher education is not simply to obtain a job after graduation, but to pursue a better understanding of the truth. Dissolving the philosophy department demonstrates Cedarville’s lack of support for that pursuit.