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Undergraduate Students

Why major in philosophy?

Philosophy introduces students to thinking critically, allowing them to quickly identify problems and solutions. While many degrees prepare you for very specific fields, a degree in philosophy helps to prepare you for any career path, including:
  • Law School
  • Medical School
  • Business
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Psychology
  • Political Science
  • Teaching
If you plan to continue your education after receiving your undergraduate degree, keep in mind that philosophy majors typically outperform students from many other majors on the GRE, LSAT and GMAT exams.

How will I focus my studies?

The Department of Philosophy offers a variety of courses, allowing students to build their schedules around their career interests. Students interested in attending law school may be interested in the Pre-Law Area of Emphasis.

Students who study philosophy are well prepared for law school, as many of the skills needed by lawyers are the same skills developed in the study of philosophy. Many of our recent students have used philosophy as a gateway to law school. Recent graduates have gained admission to some of the most prestigious law schools in the country, including Harvard, Yale and UC Berkeley.

Popular Courses

  • Philosophy of Law
  • Philosophy of religion
  • Social and political philosophy
  • Theory of knowledge
  • Philosophy of mind
  • Existentialism
  • Healthcare ethics
  • Philosophy of science
  • Ethical theory