Philosophy is an inquiry into the most general, abstract, and  important questions that we can raise: What is reality? Of what can we be certain - if anything? Does God exist? Is it possible to have faith and still be logical? What makes an action morally right or wrong?

A major (BA) or minor in philosophy teaches you to analyze, interpret, evaluate, and communicate logically and effectively.

What Will I Study?

In addition to basic courses in ethics and logic, you will study different philosophical schools of thought and methods of thinking.

Philosophy majors are required to write a thesis paper in their senior year.

What Kind of Job Can I Get?

Studying philosophy prepares you for a wide variety of careers - jobs in law, business, and education are common for philosophy majors.

What Are Some of Our Graduates Doing?

  • Educator, Baltimore City Public School System
  • Wilderness Specialist/Life Skills Workshop, Cornell Abraxas
  • Prosecutor, Pittsylvania County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office
  • Paralegal, James B. Feinman & Associates 

Alumni in Action

David NickelsAlumnus David Nickels '01, philosophy and political science double-major, now teaches English in Thailand. Read his story.