Major in Philosophy
Think deeply and analytically about some of the most interesting and complex issues of all time.
What We Offer
Our program will introduce you to a wide range of questions, develop your capacity to think for yourself about challenging issues, and help prepare you for graduate study, professional training and work in any field that requires clear and responsible thinking.
We offer a B.A. in philosophy and a B.S. in philosophy, plus three concentrations. These different programs cover basic core areas of philosophy while allowing students to pursue and showcase different areas of emphasis.
B.A. or B.S.?
The biggest differences between the B.A. in philosophy and the B.S. in philosophy relate to College of Humanities and Social Sciences requirements:
- For the B.A., the college requires more courses in the humanities and social sciences, including a 3-credit 201-level course in a foreign language.
- For the B.S., the college requires more courses in the natural sciences and mathematics, plus a 15-credit science or technology option.
Who should pursue a B.A. in philosophy?
- Students with strong interests in a foreign language, history or literature.
- Students who would like to transfer to a philosophy major from another major in the humanities or social sciences.
- Students who would like to combine a major in philosophy with another major in the humanities or social sciences.
Who should pursue a B.S. in philosophy?
- Students with strong interests in mathematics, science or technology.
- Students who would like to transfer to a philosophy major from a major in mathematics, science or technology.
- Students who would like to combine a major in philosophy with another major in mathematics, science or technology.
- B.A. in philosophy
- B.A. in philosophy, ethics concentration
- B.A. in philosophy, law concentration
- B.S. in philosophy
- B.S. in philosophy, logic, representation and reasoning concentration
What Can I Do With My Degree?
The Philosophy Prize in honor of professor Robert S. Bryan was introduced in 2010-11. The prize, which includes a cash award, is presented each spring to an outstanding senior in philosophy.
- 2022: Aidan Farmer
- 2021: Daniel Browning
- 2020: Abby Scheper
- 2019: Annabel Breen
- 2018: Harrison Payne
- 2017: Thomas Austin Olander
- 2016: Arianna Sultana Nasser
- 2015: Melodi T. Charles
- 2014: Wilson Gray Maddrey
- 2013: Kevin J. Blackwell
- 2012: Daniel C. Rowe
- 2011: Jefferson Evans Guilford