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Examine life from a new angle
Contemplate the complex moral and ethical issues faced by humanity—existence, meaning, values, truth and more.
Open your eyes to ideas you didn't even know existed. We take on the complex issues that are rarely discussed.
You'll be well-versed in classical philosophical thinking on age-old questions, like does God exist? We're one of few universities to connect that kind of thinking to contemporary issues. We were the first university in the nation with a philosophy class on HBO's "The Wire." You'll also study love and desire, environmental ethics, hip hop and other contemporary topics from a philosophical standpoint.
Even more than thought-provoking classes and great job opportunities, studying philosophy will help you understand yourself and lead a full and satisfying life.
Practical skills for all fields
You'll learn to analyze, write, persuade and examine both sides of an argument—allowing you to approach your life critically while improving yourself and the world around you. You'll also be well-versed in cooperative reasoning, giving you the ability to talk rationally with people who disagree with you. Adding one of our interdisciplinary minors help you gain an even better understanding of important topics in today’s world.
Philosophy graduates have the highest acceptance rate among humanities majors into medical school, outscore all other students on the LSATs, GMAT and GREs, and have one of the fastest salary growth rates. The most successful mutual funds in the country are run by philosophy graduates.
Our graduates go on to study philosophy, law, environmental law, medicine and more. They work as lawyers, teachers, hedge fund managers, public relations experts, paralegals and IT professionals. We even have a graduate at TEDx!
Recent graduates have attended:
Duke University Graduate School (biology)
Columbia Business School
Columbia Journalism School
Penn State Law School
Johns Hopkins University Graduate School
Michigan State Medical School
Michigan State University (philosophy)
New York University Graduate School (interdisciplinary studies)
Dickinson Law School
Pennsylvania State University Graduate School (philosophy)
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Rutgers University Law School
Sarah Lawrence College Graduate School
University of Buffalo (public health)
University of Montana (environmental philosophy)
University of Pennsylvania Law School
University of Vermont Law School
University of Vermont Medical School
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Westchester University (social work)
Recent graduates are employed at:
Fulbright Teaching Fellows
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Boy Scouts of America
Legal firms throughout the United States
New York City Teaching Fellows
Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
Compass Analytics and other major investment firms
Teach for America
Well Fargo & Co.
Requirements for the Major in Philosophy. Philosophy majors complete, with a grade of C- or better, at least 36 hours in philosophy. In order to graduate with a philosophy major, students must have a minimum GPA of 2.00 in their philosophy courses. To ensure that students acquire adequate breadth and depth, they consult with a major adviser to select a balance of upper- and lower-level courses. Requirements include PHIL-241 Ancient Philosophy, PHIL-243 Modern Philosophy, PHIL-245 19th- and 20th-century Philosophy, PHIL-213 Symbolic Logic, at least one course in ethics (may be a Central Curriculum ethics course but must have a PHIL prefix), and one 300-level course.
Minor in Philosophy. The philosophy minor completes, with a grade of C- or better, at least 20 semester hours in philosophy. Students consult with a minor adviser to select courses and are expected to take a balance of upper- and lower-level courses.
The Question Is: What Can’t You Do?
What do the most successful mutual fund managers, the highest scorers on the GRE and a great deal of doctors, lawyers and entrepreneurs have in common? You guessed it—they studied philosophy.
One of the most common concerns for any student or parent is, what will I do with this degree? We hear that and can tell you that for philosophy majors it's about exploring what else moves you and using what you learn here to follow any career you want.
The debate isn't whether you can get a job. The question is what can't you do with a philosophy degree?