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School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs BA: Philosophy

Philosophy Bachelor’s Degree

Philosophy students acquire knowledge of ethics, logic, political philosophy, philosophy of religion, epistemology, metaphysics, and other areas that provide excellent intellectual foundations for careers in law, government service, education, ministry, and many other fields.

The study of philosophy enables students to explore critically a variety of systems of beliefs and values, to identify and challenge the foundations of their own beliefs and values, and to develop sound habits of critical thinking and communication—skills that are central to success in all professions.

Philosophy General Option

This option is most appropriate for students wanting a broad and well-balanced grounding in the whole field of philosophy, and for those intending to go on to graduate work in philosophy, theology, or other areas. (Download fillable PDF)

Philosophy Pre-Law Option

This option is designed for students preparing for legal studies. It places less emphasis on the history of philosophy and incorporates more ethics, more writing, and a foundation in political science. In addition, it allows more opportunity for a broad study in supporting areas of the liberal arts. (Download fillable PDF)

It should be noted that the general philosophy option is also excellent preparation for law school. Philosophy majors, as a group, generally outperform students from almost all other disciplines when it comes to entrance exams for graduate school—the GRE (general exam for graduate school), the LSAT (law school exam), and even the MCAT (medical school exam).

Philosophy Advising

Diane Scott
Academic Advisor
Johnson Tower 801

Diane Scott advises undergraduate students for Philosophy majors, and all minors  in the School of Politics, Philosophy & Public Affairs. Diane’s goal is to provide excellent academic advising, assist you in your academic career, and to ensure persistence to graduation. You can make an appointment with me by emailing me at, by my bookings link: Diane Scott’s Outlook Calendar and drop-ins are also welcome.

Learning Goals for B.A. in Philosophy