Philosophy

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

Alumna Liz Childress '12, philosophy and French double major, is a Government Affairs Specialist in Richmond, Virginia. This past fall, Governor McAuliffe appointed her to the Governors Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism. Liz will begin law school the University of Virginia this fall.

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