Philosophy is the pursuit of wisdom. It requires both a relentless curiosity and an analytical mind. Philosophy majors have gone on to become U.S. presidents, Supreme Court justices, and famous authors and filmmakers.

Program Overview

Philosophy has influenced every major pillar of modern society from art and religion, to science and government. While exploring that rich history, we teach you to think critically, write persuasively and craft a well-reasoned argument—all skills that are highly valued by employers.

You learn about logic, ethics and the various philosophies of different cultures, and you examine the great economic, ethical and political problems of our time and how we might solve them. The research and analytical skills you develop prepare you to pursue a career as a lawyer, business leader, teacher and much more. 

Studying philosophy trains a mind to be nimble and versatile, which is why philosophy majors are so successful in the professional world. Of all the humanities, philosophy majors are the highest earners. And they outperform almost every other major on the LSAT, score highest overall on the GRE and, on average, rank better on the GMAT than people who majored in business, social sciences, all the other humanities and the arts.

Curriculum and Requirements

BA in Philosophy Curriculum

In addition to the University Curriculum and the College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum requirements, the BA in Philosophy requires the completion of 36 credits distributed as follows, with a minimum grade of C in all courses. No more than 6 credits of independent study (PL 299, PL 396, PL 399) may count toward completion of the major.

University Curriculum
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Philosophy Core Requirements
PL 101Introduction to Philosophy3
PL 202Logical Reasoning3
PL 220Ethics and Human Values3
PL 332Ancient Philosophy3
PL 333Modern Philosophy3
PL 401Senior Seminar3
Select six philosophy or cognate courses:18
Philosophy courses:
PL 217
Contemporary Social and Political Philosophy (PO 217)
PL 222
PL 234
Philosophies of Health, Healing and Medicine
PL 235
Philosophy of Science
PL 236
Philosophy of Language
PL 237
Philosophy of Mind
PL 238
Philosophy of Technology and Social Transformation
PL 240
Philosophy of Sport (SPS 240)
PL 250
Philosophy of Art
PL 265
Living Religions of the World
PL 266
Diverse Global Philosophies
PL 267
Philosophy of Religion
PL 299
Independent Study in Philosophy
PL 312
Philosophy of War and Peace (PO 312)
PL 320
Thought and Work of Albert Schweitzer (SL:Service Learning)
PL 330
Philosophy and Gender (WS 330)
PL 331
Philosophy of Humor
PL 334
Medieval Philosophy
PL 335
Contemporary Philosophy
PL 337
Human Rights: Theory and Practice (PO 337)
PL 338
PL 340
Philosophy of Sex and Love
PL 368
Philosophy of Death and Dying
PL 395
Critical Game Studies (GDD 395)
PL 396
Philosophy Internship
PL 399
Directed Research in Philosophy
Cognate courses: 1
CSC 350
Intelligent Systems
HS 312
The Age of Pericles
PO 215
Political Theory
PO 216
American Political Thought
PO 315
Democratic Theory and Practice
SO 201
Sociological Theory
Total Credits82

In addition to philosophy courses, a student may count up to two of the cognate courses toward completion of the philosophy major.

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