Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Programs

Philosophy is the study of fundamental questions concerning the nature of what is and what ought to be. It pursues questions such as:

  • What is a good life?
  • What is the nature of reality?
  • What makes human beings "human?"
  • What distinguishes knowledge from mere opinion?
  • What is the meaning of human life?


(1) PHIL

Awaken to the wonders of the world and the complexity of some of life's most probing questions. You will become heightened to the rich history of philosophy in areas like ethics, metaphysics, aesthetics, and epistemology.

(2) PPL (Philosophy, Politics, Law)

Become a critical and engaged citizen in a dynamic world by focusing upon questions that arise in the areas of politics and law. Its chief concerns are normative:

  • What is justice and what kind of society does justice require?
  • How well do existing cultural trends and political institutions fare when measured against standards of justice?

Declaration of Major

  1. Submit the Declaration of Major form with the Office of Undergraduate Education.
  2. You will receive a confirmation email from the registrar.
  3. Review the degree requirements checklist to determine if you have any questions. If you do have questions, schedule a meeting with  Susan Bredlau.
  4. Congratulations and welcome to the Philosophy Department!