What is Philosophy?
Philosophy is the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence. Students of philosophy ask questions that have no simple answers, such as: why are we here? Students study the history of thought, and how beliefs and ideas have evolved over time. In short, Philosophy students spend a lot of time thinking.
Is Philosophy a Good Major / Degree for Me?
Do you find yourself pondering the great questions of the universe? Do you enjoy classroom discussions? Do you enjoy a good, healthy debate? Do you enjoy critical thinking? Do you love to read and write? If you’ve answered yes to some of these questions, then a degree in Philosophy might be for you!
High School Classes Needed for a Philosophy Degree in College:
- 4 English Credits
- 3 Math Credits
- 3 Lab Science Credits
- 3 Social Studies Credits
- 2 Foreign Language Credits
- If your high school offers the following courses, take advantage!
- AP English Language
- AP English Literature
- AP Comparative Government and Politics
- AP Psychology
- If your high school offers the following co-curricular opportunities, take advantage!
- Student Government
- Debate Team
Common Philosophy Courses in College:
- Ancient Philosophy
- Contemporary Moral Problems
- Formal Philosophical Methods
- Knowledge and Reality
- Language and Mind
- Law and Philosophy
- Moral Principles and Problems
- The Nature of Science
- Philosophy and Economics
- Philosophy of Religion
- Political Philosophy
- Problems of Philosophy
- Symbolic Logic
Similar Degree Programs You Might Want to Explore:
- Anthropology: the study of human beings
- African-American Studies: the study of the history and culture of North Americans of African descent
- Archaeology: the study of the history of societies
- History: the study of the past
- Liberal Arts & Sciences: an introductory study of literature, languages, philosophy, history, mathematics, and sciences
- Peace Studies: the study of war, conflict, peace, and nonviolent conflict resolution
- Political Science: the study of government and politics
- Psychology: the study of the human mind and of human behavior
- Sociology: the study of human social behavior
- Women’s Studies: the study of the history, culture, and politics of women and feminism
- Theology: the study of religion, usually of Christianity
Many students who graduate with Philosophy degrees go on to graduate school. Those who do not do so can begin careers in a number of fields, including: business, education, writing, social work, and public administration.