Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy

Philosophy students develop skills in analysis, writing, critical thinking and explore questions of knowledge, existence, ethics, intellect and logic. Major in philosophy helps students to prepare for other fields that require critical thinking, analysis and effective communication of the abstract or compound, such as law, business, journalism, media or politics. Students of undergraduate philosophy programs can go on to pursue graduate studies in philosophy.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate imaginative, creative, and reflective abilities by articulating philosophical insights
  • Demonstrate knowledge of some of the main concepts in philosophy
  • Demonstrate increased use of reasoned argument to support their views
  • Reflect on their intellectual and intuitive responses to issues concerning values

 Main Subjects

Philosophy courses review the history of philosophy and the works of great philosophers such as Socrates, Thomas Aquinas, and Rene Descartes. Additionally, students examine symbolic logic, reasoning and argumentation, theories of knowledge and reality, ethics and existentialism. Bachelor’s degree in philosophy programs requires general education coursework in addition to major coursework. Typical courses required for a philosophy major include:

  • Ancient philosophy
  • Modern philosophy
  • Moral philosophy
  • Political philosophy
  • Logic
  • Ethics
  • Epistemology
  • Metaphysics

Popular Career Options

Popular career options for those with a B.A. in philosophy include:

  • Lawyer
  • Analyst
  • Writer
  • Critic