the philosophy major
Philosophy involves the critical discussion of fundamental questions about morality, justice, knowledge, nature and consciousness. It seeks the answers to these questions by a careful study of some of the greatest thinkers in history and by looking at contemporary developments in politics, the sciences and the arts. Philosophy can therefore help us to understand the relationship between disciplines. By studying philosophy, we gain knowledge of major thinkers and fields of inquiry. At the same time, we learn how effectively to analyze arguments and texts and to read with sensitivity to concepts, language, meaning, and context, as well as how to develop arguments and communicate effectively in speech and writing. A major in philosophy is useful not only for students who plan to continue in graduate studies in philosophy, but also for those thinking of careers in law, business, government, or industry, which require creativity and logical and analytic skills.
Philosophy majors have some of the best scores on tests such as the GRE, LSAT, and GMAT. For further information about the value of philosophy, see our "Why Study Philosophy" page. See our course offerings or consult the University Bulletin for a complete listing of requirements. See also our double major in philosophy.
Philosophy Requirements Checklist (.pdf, 92kb)
Philosophy Requirements (.pdf, 62kb)