Majors in Philosophy

Student studying A PHILOSOPHER'S MIND- As you progress through this major, you'll sharpen your analytical skills as you study the philosophy of ethics, logic, science, art, human nature, language, existentialism, and more.

Broad Thinking Opens Abundant Career Options

As a philosophy major you are smart, disciplined, determined, and ambitious. For these reasons, your degree is the key that unlocks doors that quickly move you beyond entry-level positions. If your goal is a career in law, the IUP pre-law track is ideal for you. Yet virtually any career and academic discipline you choose will benefit from a secondary major or minor in philosophy.

BA in Philosophy

  • Reach back to ancient Greek and modern European philosophy to comprehend and shape contemporary thought.
  • Explore and challenge established beliefs by closely examining the assumptions of other disciplines, including the arts and sciences.
  • Explore cutting-edge research at the intersection of philosophy, psychology, and biology.
  • Master critical thinking and reasoning.
  • Learn to construct and evaluate ethical arguments, allowing you to think clearly about the environment, justice, equality, and rights.

BA in Philosophy, Pre-Law Track

  • Cultivate the skills that make philosophy majors among the best performers on the LSAT exam.
  • Prepare to think independently so that your ability to create cogent, winning arguments becomes the hallmark of your skill set.

BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics Track

  • Explore how economic systems operate and predict the potential effects of policy changes.
  • Examine how political systems work and how those systems might be changed.
  • Analyze, through philosophy, the moral costs and benefits of different economic and political systems.

Honors Track

  • If you have earned at least 60 credits in total, with a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA and a minimum 3.5 GPA in philosophy courses, you are eligible for acceptance into the honors program.
  • You must complete a two-semester, 6-credit Honors Thesis Independent Study. The honors thesis is completed individually under the direction of a Philosophy Department faculty member who specializes in your area of interest and is approved by a thesis committee comprising the director and two other readers.

Minor in Philosophy

  • Design your minor to fit your agenda, goals, and personal interests.
  • Deepen your expertise in your major by including the fundamentals of philosophy.