The Philosophy program prepares students in critical thinking, ethical decision-making, and philosophical reflection.

Students majoring in Philosophy will be versed in the history of ideas. The study of Philosophy encourages the use of critical reasoning in order to understand our role in the world today and to articulate a path for leading meaningful and thoughtful lives.

The Philosophy major is a perfect preparation for graduate study in a variety of disciplines within the humanities. A minor in Philosophy is a complement to any major track of study, including business, communication, environmental studies, women's studies, education, health care, and law.

With a degree in Philosophy, students are ready to read and write complex theoretical analyses of ideas most relative to living a good life and creating a world worth living in.


The major in Philosophy requires 36 credits in Philosophy coursework. Philosophy is recommended as a second major to complement another field of study. Selecting from a wide range of courses, the student can design an individualized program of study in consultation with a faculty advisor. The program will include some independent study and seminar work.

It is recommended that Philosophy majors and minors take the following two introductory Philosophy courses in their sequence:

  • PHL 120 - The Philosophy of Human Nature 3 cr.
  • PHL 130 - Ethics in the Modern World 3 cr.

Specific History of Philosophy courses are available as independent seminars:

  • PHL 272 - History of Ancient Philosophy
  • PHL 274 - History of Medieval Philosophy
  • PHL 277 - Modern Philosophical Thinkers
  • PHL 281 - Contemporary Philosophy

Note: A senior thesis is required for majors.


The minor in Philosophy requires 18 credits in Philosophy coursework. Students may tailor these courses around their major program of study.

For course descriptions, visit the catalog.