The Philosophy (PHL) major prepares graduates for success whether they're entering directly into a profession or seeking to pursue graduate study in philosophy or professional fields such as Law. The total number of credit requirements have been kept low in order to allow students to pursue a second major in another field if they so desire.
Recent Philosophy majors have utilized their degree to expand their career development in exciting ways. One former student went on to complete a Masters of Education degree as part of a program supporting public education in Boston and is now teaching in Micronesia. Another is pursuing an MFA program in Creative Writing, while a third is in law school.
The Department also offers a minor in Philosophy. Students have the opportunity to tailor this minor to meet their interests and career goals.
The minor requires PHL 1105 - Logic, PHL 2214 - Introduction to Ethics, and three other courses chosen with advisement.
The main benefit of the study of philosophy is developing the ability to think critically. More than problem solving, it is the ability to make informed and reflective judgments in ambiguous situations. This ability is highly valued in all professions, is a key factor in career advancement and has positive implications for graduate study. Philosophy majors have top scores on exams like the LSAT, MCAT, and GMAT, and by mid-career are among the highest earners in their chosen fields. Specifically, graduates of the program will:
The B.A. degree and minor in Philosophy are offered in a traditional, on-campus format at our main Duluth campus.