Philosophy and Humanistic Studies Department

Meet our Students

Amanda Vitti

Philosophy Major

You may be asking yourself, why is that girl holding a fish? Did she wrangle that fish? Did she find it? Did it put up a good fight? Where is she? I will tell you that none of that matters, what matters is that the girl in that picture graduated from Newtown High School and continued her education as a philosophy major here at WCSU, and is the president of the Philosophy Club. By following her passion for asking questions and learning, Amanda found herself in the philosophy department, a place that has become a home away from home. If there is anything that Amanda achieves in this lifetime (besides picking up large, washed up, yellow fin tuna) she hopes that it’s to show people that philosophy is far more accessible and more useful than people seem to believe it to be.



Ryan Zink

Philosophy Major

I am an explorer, reader and limit pusher. Spend most of my time hunting for new and exciting things. Whether it’s philosophy, skateboarding or traveling, I’m always having fun. Grateful to have such amazing professors here at Western. My main ambition is more philosophy/logic in grad school. Cheers to the good life! -RZ






KendyKendyl Harmeling

History Major – Philosophy minor

I grew up in Newtown Connecticut; I attended Newtown High School, Newtown Middle School, Reed Intermediate School (Newtown Intermediate School) and Middle Gate Elementary (a deviation from the norm of Newtown —– School). I’m a history major and a philosophy minor, hence my addition to this page, of course. I wasn’t originally going to attend Western Connecticut to earn my Bachelors, but life takes the course it’s going to. After an adjustment period, I settled in here. My department is full of faculty who I wouldn’t dream of missing the opportunity to learn from; the philosophy department as well. Having taken Dr. Dalton’s introduction class and two seminars with himself and President Clark, I was guided to find a passion for philosophy, a love of wisdom, I hadn’t known was inside me. Someday I’d like to be a professor like the wonderful people I interact with here, but life takes the course it’s going to. Maybe I’ll be a lawyer, or a secondary education teacher, or maybe I’ll buy a fishing boat. In any case, Western will have prepared me for the future in ways for which I’ll be eternally grateful. Søren Kierkegaard was a suffering soul whose words often strike as ironic as they do somber, but in the regard of looking toward the future he perfectly says what’s on the mind of all college students, if I’m so bold to say it. He endeavored “to find the idea for which I am willing to live and die.” Isn’t that why we’re all here?


Chris Michaels

Chris Michaels

Interdisciplinary Studies Major – Philosophy and Psychology

Chris grew up in Wilton, CT and the Wilton Public Schools. After pursuing his hobby of photography for a year at the Cleveland Art Institute, he decided move back to Connecticut and study psychology at WCSU in the summer of 2014. Always having an interest in reality, consciousness, and human thought, he was exposed to the philosophy department in his very first class; philosophy in film. Since then, he has expanded from the traditional psychology major to the Interdisciplinary Studies major to include both philosophy and psychology. He seeks to find a useful common ground of these two disciplines and the day to day existence of human thought. This effort is coupled by his fascination with science, technology, and space, as well as the humanistic passions of comedy, film, and television.

“Some people see things that are and ask, Why? Some people dream of things that never were and ask, Why not? Some people have to go to work and don’t have time for all that.” – George Carlin