Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Philosophy is the study of the most fundamental questions one could ask: What is good and what is evil? What is reality and what is illusion? Are our choices really free? What is the meaning of life?
The study of philosophy develops skills in critical and abstract thinking, writing, argumentation and evaluation of different points of view. Your studies of this discipline will feature a variety of challenging courses covering material from ancient to contemporary philosophy. Our curriculum reflects the College’s emphasis on interdisciplinary study, with courses that integrate art, business, classics, film, literature, mathematics, religion, science, technology and gender studies.
The department's Speaker Series hosts one of the most prominent speaker series in the country; we regularly have noted and influential philosophers visiting us throughout the academic year. Philosophy majors are in a particularly good position to take advantage of these visits.
In addition, the Department of Philosophy publishes Ephemeris, considered the premier undergraduate journal of philosophy in the country.
Union has an active, accomplished Ethics Bowl Team, which regularly takes part in competitions focused on moral issues, including the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Program and the Bioethics Bowl. Many team members are philosophy majors, and the team has traditionally had close ties with the department.
Philosophy majors are well prepared to pursue advanced studies in philosophy as well as a wide range of careers, including business, education, government, journalism, law, public policy, social service and more. All of this is intrinsically valuable, but in addition, philosophy majors tend to have the highest scores among all majors nationally in standardized tests such as the GRE and the LSAT.
Here's a look at what some of our alumni have been doing since graduating: