The philosophy program at Purdue Calumet, housed in the Department of English and Philosophy, boasts of an open, friendly environment in which faculty and students interact freely. Faculty are accessible and personal, and their open-door policy allows for students to wander in and discuss their courses, career goals, academic plans, and of course random philosophical ideas.
The philosophy program has grown over the past few years and now includes around 35 majors and 25 minors. Despite this growth, the major is still smaller than many at the university, allowing for a comfortable niche within the larger university environment.
Upper-level seminars and courses are offered every semester and usually consist of no more than 20 students. The PHIL 490 seminar is even smaller and mimics a graduate-level seminar in depth and rigor. Recent seminar topics include War and Terrorism, Aesthetics, Phenomenology, Practical Ethics, Autonomy, Philosophy of Law, Theories of Justice.
There are also various extracurricular events sponsored by the philosophy program, including colloquia, philosophy parties at the homes of faculty members, an annual picnic in the fall, and participation in the annual Undergraduate Research Conference in the spring.