Future Students

Future Students

Why Should I Study Philosophy?

Studying philosophy provides a better understanding of yourself and the world

around you, and it can lead to a deep sense of satisfaction.


Philosophy majors consistently score in the top percentiles for all majors on

the GRE, LSAT, GMAT, MCAT and other graduate and professional admissions tests.


Philosophy cultivates a skill-set and a knowledge base that help make you marketable

in a number of fields, such as law, medicine, journalism, and the arts. But don’t just

take our word for it. Here’s what some others are saying:


"The Philosophy Major's(Surprisingly Solid) Career Prospects,"

“The Rise in Stock of Philosophy Graduates,” J. Shepherd, The Guardian, 2007. 


Does a Philosophy major require many courses?

The philosophy major requires 30 credits, which is light for a major. It is designed this way in part to encourage double majors and to allow students to pursue their own interests within philosophy. To put it in perspective, it requires 18 credit hours to get a minor in any discipline, so you might as well take an extra 4 courses and impress everyone with a double major!

What would I do with a Philosophy degree?

Whatever you would like. A major in philosophy does not limit you to a career in academia. People with philosophy degrees have gone on to succeed in a great variety of careers in fields ranging from business (such as George Soros, Carly Fiorina, and Laurence Rockefeller) to politics (Bill Clinton, Vaclav Havel, and Thomas Jefferson), law (Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer and David Souter), sports (John Elway and Phil Jackson), literature (David Foster Wallace, Pearl Buck, T.S. Eliot, Umberto Eco, Susan Sontag, and Dostoevsky) and to the arts (Ethan Coen, Steven Colbert, Terence Malick, Steve Martin, Philip Glass, and Robert Motherwell). The skills that philosophy focuses on—including critical thinking, problem solving, clear communication, and a sense of wonder—are skills that can be applied in a myriad of ways.

What are the program’s requirements?

The major in philosophy requires 30 semester hours with grades of C or above, at least 21 of which must be upper division courses. The philosophy minor requires 18 hours of course work. The philosophy major may choose either the general requirements or the student may specialize in one of four optional programs.

What are the specialized options?

The department offers options in areas of philosophy that focus on particular fields of study, including Religion and Classics; Justice and Global Society; Cognition, Science, Phenomenology, and Linguistics; and Culture and Aesthetics. Students completing the requirements in any of the options will receive a certificate from the department recognizing their competence in a particular area. To quality for an option, the student must fulfill the requirements for the major including at least 30 hours of course work, 9 hours of which must be in the option area.

Who can I talk to if I would like more advice?

You can come by office hours or make an appointment with the Chair or other faculty if you would like further advice.

What is the Meaning of Life?

Did you really think you would find that answer here?