Ripon College offers a major and minor in philosophy. The philosophy department enables students to better pursue their own paths to wisdom. They will encounter the best that has been thought and said about basic human concerns throughout civilization. They will be encouraged to see the relevance of these ideas and practices so that they engage conceptual and social concerns with greater coherence, perspective and responsibility. Most importantly, students should be able to see the relevance of these ideas and use the skills developed to respond to new problems that may emerge as they continue on their own lifelong pursuit of wisdom. at Ripon College is centrally concerned with the human activity of philosophical thinking. Skills developed in philosophy are vital to society because the ability to form one’s own views in a reasoned and rigorous manner forms the foundation of democracy. Philosophy majors often go on to pursue graduate work, some attend law or medical school.