Studies in Philosophy
Philosophy examines such topics as the nature of reality and being, the ways that knowledge is acquired, and the bases for ethical choices.
Students in all disciplines gain from studies such as these, which can contribute greatly to their general education as well as to their personal enrichment and fulfillment. Many students inspired by introductory courses go on to complete a degree in the field.
What Classes Would I Take?
Undergraduates in Philosophy choose to major in the traditional philosophy major or the philosophy — pre-law emphasis. We also offer minors in ethics, philosophy, and philosophy and religion. Click on the links to the left to learn more about these options.
A full list of courses required to complete the degree or minor can be by clicking the liinks to the left. Requirements within the Department of English and Philosophy are in addition to the General Education requirements set forth by ISU. Courses are described in more detail in the ISU Undergraduate Catalog. For more information, explore our website, contact the department office, or communicate with members of the faculty.
What Can I Do with a Philosophy Degree?
Equipped with an undergraduate degree in philosophy, students are prepared to enter graduate degree programs, to pursue training in such professions as medicine, law, or religion, or to embark upon a great variety of careers in government, business, or industries that demand broad, liberal perspectives and strong observational, fact-finding, analytical, and communication skills.
To major in Philosophy is to become a critical thinker, which means gaining the ability to assess and analyze situations to logically and carefully solve or interpret them.
The Liberal Arts Core: Students pursuing the BA degree are encouraged to take courses in the College of Arts and Letters curriculum beyond the minimum general education requirements to provide both breadth and depth in their liberal arts education. Breadth and depth can be achieved through taking courses beyond minimum requirements in the arts and humanities disciplines of art and art history; communications, media, persuasion; dance; English; languages and literatures; music; philosophy; and theatre. Students interested in applying to graduate study in the humanities should aim to study comprehensively at least one language other than their native language. For the BA in English, one year of language, or equivalent, is required. English majors are encouraged to include at least one philosophy (PHIL) course in their coursework.
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