Philosophy is a tradition of inquiry that began over 2600 years ago. It asks fundamental questions about how to best conceive the world and ourselves, how knowledge is possible, how we should live, and what we should do. It is also a set of general analytic tools for formulating and answering these questions as clearly as possible and for investigating the implications of how we answer them.
The Department of Philosophy has twelve full-time faculty with research and teaching specialties in the philosophy of mind and neuroscience, philosophy of medicine, epistemology, ethics, and medical ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of biology and science, jurisprudence, and the history of philosophy.
We have approximately 100 majors enrolled in one of our five undergraduate Bachelor of the Arts (BA) majors, with many more students minoring in philosophy or taking our general education classes.
- Major in Philosophy (BA)
- Major in Philosophy, Honors Track (BA)
- Minor in Philosophy
A few of our graduates become professional philosophers, but most of them pursue other professions or careers. Many of our graduates attend law school, medical school or specialized graduate programs. In recent surveys, philosophy majors have the highest average score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and tie for the highest score on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). Philosophy majors have the highest admission rate of all majors to medical school. We also offer general courses in logic, critical thinking, and ethics that can benefit anyone in any career or profession.
For more information about philosophy and your future career, visit Why Study Philosophy?