Philosophy Major

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Program Description 

The philosophy degree is designed to introduce students to a range of profound and stimulating philosophical questions, and to develop the critical thinking and logical skills necessary for independent thinking. It provides a broadening perspective for the various areas of specialization in the natural and social sciences, in literature and the arts and in the various professional programs.

The philosophy major has four tracks: a basic track, a professional track, a bioethics track and a social justice track. Studies consistently show that philosophy graduates perform very well or better than most majors in graduate school entrance tests such as the LSAT, MCAT, etc. You can also minor in philosophy to take a more pared down version of the basic major.

Learning Outcomes 

  • Explain the philosophical and ethical concepts and theories of outstanding philosophers and historically important theories 
  • Analyze the central arguments of philosophical texts and positions 
  • Synthesize your own critical interpretation of important philosophical texts, taking into consideration significant philosophical issues, traditions and critiques of the texts 
  • Evaluate rightness of conduct concerning moral and social issues according to ethical theories and methods  

Prospective Students 

Current Students 


  • Students have the opportunity to participate at undergraduate student conferences.
  • Students are able to meet with visiting scholars.


A major in philosophy provides excellent preparation for a professional career in: 

  • Law 
  • Government  
  • Business 
  • Teaching 
  • The media 
  • Higher education