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John Kaag, Matthew Moore, Rosa Mayorga, and another conference organizer at the 2014 Charles S. Peirce International Centennial Congress. Photo by Tory Germann

The Philosophy Department, a part of the humanities division of the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, has structured its course offerings so they appeal to majors and non-majors alike. Courses intersect with issues and problems treated in other disciplines, from the natural sciences through engineering to the social sciences and other humanities. The department is deeply committed to philosophy's traditional role as an indispensable integrator in the University curriculum. The study of philosophy is an essential part of a well-rounded education. It provides a strong foundation for pursuing a career in disciplines such as law, communications and public service, to name a few, while enhancing critical analytical skills and encouraging discussion of pertinent and timeless philosophical issues.

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Bachelor of Arts or Minor

A philosophy degree can benefit undergraduate students who are:

  • Seeking strong liberal arts education.
  • Preparing to graduate school in professions such as medicine, law, education, theology and other careers.
  • Hoping to pursue graduate work in philosophy.

Students who study philosophy develop important skills and methods of approaching problems that are applicable in many future endeavors.


A philosophy major is valuable to all who question the reasons for things as they are, to those who seek a deeper understanding of what they are doing and their purpose for doing it, and to those who recognize the validity of Socrates' assertion that the "unexamined life is not worth living."

Undergraduate students may earn a bachelor of arts degree while majoring in philosophy or can add a minor in philosophy while pursuing another academic area. Additionally, students may choose an option in Communications and Critical Thinking (C&CT), which is an interdisciplinary program offering an array of courses focusing on key communication skills necessary for today's job market. We also offer a concentration in Philosophy and Religious Studies, for those students who want a course of study providing a grounding in the study of religion and world religious traditions.