From reading the works of Plato and Aristotle to studying logic and phenomenology, the Department of Philosophy offers a broad learning experience for students who are majoring, minoring or pursuing a combined degree in philosophy. And students have the opportunity to examine the intersection of philosophy with other subjects, including law, biomedicine, science and politics.

Our undergraduate alumni have brought their analytical and communication skills to a wide range of careers, from working in think tanks and lobbying firms to leading foundations and environmental groups.




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BA in Philosophy

This more traditional track provides a strong foundation in the history of philosophy and is recommended for students who wish to pursue graduate study.



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BA in Philosophy, Public Affairs Focus

The philosophy and public affairs option explores theoretical and applied ethics, as well as real-world issues surrounding social and political philosophy.




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The department offers four options for minors in philosophy and related fields.


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Combined BA/MA Programs

Students may choose from two options for a combined bachelor's and master's degree program.


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"Professors actually take the time to speak with their undergraduate students, and faculty make it a point to help us, even if it means going out of their way. The philosophy department has created a wonderful atmosphere for educational growth."

Tyler Loveless
BA ’18