The philosophy major helps students respond to every person’s primary task: becoming the person he or she would like to be.
Philosophy students develop their own morally coherent identity by studying and questioning what great and wise people before them have said about the nature of the good life. At the same time, they develop critical-thinking skills useful in a wide range of careers from law to teaching.
Students majoring in philosophy study historical and contemporary answers to life’s fundamental questions and formulate their own answers. This active learning encourages them to become life-long learners and some will go on to graduate school.
Philosophy is a popular double major, often combined with psychology, business, or, perhaps, political science. Students find the combinations enhance their understanding and make them eminently employable.
Special RequirementsSeniors majoring in philosophy are required to complete a capstone project, usually a paper, that demonstrates the students’ learning over the course of the major. This project may be done for a course being taken in the senior year or it may be a research project undertaken with a faculty member.
Philosophy Honors ProgramStudents who meet the following requirements will graduate with honors in the major.