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Department of Philosophy

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In the Department of Philosophy, we'll teach you how to examine a complex problem, analyze its internal logic, question assumptions, and approach solutions from unique vantage points.

What Can You Do with a Philosophy Degree?

The question is, what can't you do with a philosophy degree? Every profession needs people who can think logically and communicate effectively. Philosophy majors are sought after in fields like law, medicine and business. Philosophy majors, on average, outperform other majors on the GRE, LSAT and GMAT, making it a great second--or first--major if you're interested in pursuing a graduate or professional degree. If you think a double major might be for you, we recommend you speak to your regular academic advisor as well as our faculty advisor in philosophy and we encourage you to apply today


Help When You Need It

We're dedicated to your success. In addition to the academic success resources the university offers, our faculty is available to work with you outside the classroom. You may need a little extra help with class material, or you may enjoy our Philosophy Colloquia, which is offered three times per semester given by faculty outside the department.


Society, Ethics, and the Law Concentration

Are you interested in a career in law, criminal justice, or public service? Are you interested in social justice and the values that arise in public life? You can now  concentrate your philosophy major in society, ethics and law where you will answer questions like "how should we live together in society?", "How should we structure our institutions?" and "What are our obligations to ourselves and others?"

If you are interested in learning more about the Society, Ethics, and the Law major concentration, please contact Professor Kathryn Lindeman (coordinator) or Dr. Jeff Turner (undergraduate major advisor).


Leadership Distinction

The Graduation with Leadership Distinction program offers several pathways to engagement beyond the classroom, including advocacy, professional and civic engagement, making it a natural fit for a philosophy major. And our clubs and organizations provide a great way for you to share your excitement and interest in philosophy with others.


Major Map

If you are interested in seeing the required and suggested course sequences on the path to graduation with a major in philosophy, see these semester by semester maps of the philosophy major.  (You will need to click on the current one.) Please contact your academic advisor for assistance in the application of specific coursework to a program of study and for help planning for upcoming semesters.


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