Department of Philosophy

Philosophy faculty with student

Undergraduate Programs

If your college experience finds you craving an intellectual challenge, philosophy may well be right for you. Philosophers think and write clearly and precisely about many of the deepest questions we can ask about our world, questions about the nature of reality, the nature and limits of human knowledge, fundamental principles of ethics, and the foundations of justice and human rights. Philosophical training will sharpen your mind and enrich your life.

Philosophy, BA

Philosophy/Pre-law Track, BA

Philosophy/Politics and Economics Track, BA

Why Study Philosophy?
Philosophy majors have skills that will serve them throughout their lives.
For Current Students
Research guides, internships, and more
List of philosophy courses, descriptions, links to current offerings
Honors Program
Information about our Honors Program
Daniel N. Boone Speaker Series
Philosophy Department talks
Howard Z. Fitzgerald Essay Contest
Prizes, rules, and past winners
Recent IUP Philosophy alumni


Pedersen Publishes Book on Human Agency and Heidegger

Hans Pedersen, Department of Philosophy, published a book titled Agency, Freedom, and Responsibility in the Early Heidegger.

Yan Presents “Incomparability, Consequentialism, and Risk” at Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress

Leo Yan, Department of Philosophy, presented a paper titled “Incomparability, Consequentialism, and Risk” at the thirteenth annual Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress.

2020 Howard Z. Fitzgerald Philosophy Essay Contest Winners

The Philosophy Department congratulates the winners of the 2020 Howard Z. Fitzgerald Essay Contest.

Yan Presents on “Incomparability, Consequentialism, and Risk”

Leo Yan, Department of Philosophy, presented a paper titled “Incomparability, Consequentialism, and Risk” at the Central Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, held in Chicago, Illinois, February 26–29.

Philosophy Colloquium on Imaginative Resistance February 7

Washington & Jefferson College professor Hanna Kim  will give a talk titled “The Content-Dependence of Imaginative Resistance” at 3:30 p.m. Friday, February 7, in Humanities and Social Sciences Building, room 117.