With a major in philosophy, you will gain a solid foundation in critical and ethical reasoning, argumentative writing and you will learn to examine complex real-world issues with thoughtfulness and clarity.
What Will I Learn?
As a philosophy major you can expect to develop analytical and critical skills — skills that are highly prized in both academia and the workplace. By studying philosophical texts and problems, you will learn to think, speak, read and write rigorously and deeply. Our philosophy major allows you to:
- Develop marketable analytical skills
- Learn to carefully express ideas through speaking and writing
- Use and apply ethical reasoning to solve real-world problems
- Appreciate how social justice, inequality, marginalization, and diversity issues intersect with philosophical content
What is Unique About Our Program?
- Dedicated faculty and small class sizes — Philosophy department faculty are enthusiastic about advising students and helping them progress through their studies and program. Outside of class, the faculty engage students in lively discussions about philosophical issues, and they involve them in their research projects. Students are encouraged to explore their own interests, and to follow connections to other disciplines such as literature, art, psychology, anthropology, computer science, history, among others.
- Emphasis on marketable skill development — In the junior or senior year philosophy majors enroll in a one-credit career preparation course to practice marketing the skills they have learned in our curriculum. Students may apply for internships, research professional schools, and prepare for job interviews.
- Social justice exploration — We examine and discuss how social justice, inequality, marginalization, and diversity issues intersect with philosophical content in introductory courses, history courses, and in our theoretical ethics and applied ethics courses.
What Are My Career Opportunities?
Philosophy is a versatile major and we send our graduates onto many paths. If you’re looking to go on to law school or other advanced studies, philosophy majors consistently outperform their peers on the LSAT and GRE.
In addition, employers are looking for graduates who are skilled communicators and creative problem solvers. Our graduates have successful careers in:
- Public Service
- Community Activism