Because what you think matters

Philosophy is the oldest intellectual pursuit. Where its questioning was domesticated, it spun off a multitude of disciplines, from Physics to Psychology. There remains, though, a wide, rough, and vibrant field of questions that such disciplines will not, or dare not, ask: Are there limits to what we can know? What is consciousness? Is social justice just a social construct? Do animals have rights? What is the purpose of life? Many of these questions have a long and fascinating history. To solve them, or show they cannot be solved, philosophers use anything they can find, while relying heavily on the capacity to reason. The lack of an already established body of knowledge makes this a difficult and ever challenging task. A degree in philosophy does not just train you to think outside the box; it trains you to think where no boxes exist.

What does this mean? Philosophy majors have the highest cumulative score on the GRE (required for pursuing graduate degrees); the second highest score on the LSAT (required for law school); the fifth highest score on the GMAT (required for business school); and a higher acceptance rate to medical school than even majors from the physical sciences, social sciences, biological sciences, and health sciences. Recent studies independently show that studying philosophy increases both literacy and numeracy. For such reasons, as reported by the Higher Education Statistics Agency, the demand for philosophy graduates continues to grow.

Are you up for the challenge?


The philosophy department has a balanced undergraduate curriculum that covers the following areas: logic, ethics, aesthetics, metaphysics, epistemology (theory of knowledge), philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, philosophy of religion, history of philosophy, Asian philosophy, American Indian philosophy, classical American philosophy, and 19th and 20th century continental European philosophy.

The Department of Philosophy M.A. program offers two distinct paths to the M.A. degree: a general track that covers historical and topical areas of the discipline, and a bioethics track that integrates theory with practice to address an urgent need both in medical science and in the health care industry. Students pursuing either track may, if they wish, take electives in classical American philosophy and pragmatism, areas in which the department has several experts.

For details on the philosophy program see the menu to the left.

For further information about the undergraduate program contact Professor Samuel Kahn (317-274-8890;  For the graduate program contact Professor Chad Carmichael (317-278-5825;