Philosophy is the study of the intellectual foundations of human thought and action. Philosophers examine the nature and justification of moral values and scientific explanations, the relation of thought and action, the grounds for deciding among the alternative accounts of reality, and the nature of reasoning and argument.

Philosophy majors develop abilities to read critically, write logically, analyze divergent viewpoints, and present persuasive opinions.  Philosophy majors are also prepared for advanced graduated study in the field or in related areas such as law.

Possible Careers

Successful graduates work in a wide variety of careers, such as;

  • Education
  • Management
  • Sales
  • Public Relations

Why Choose Philosophy at WIU?

The study of philosophy leads in many directions, qualifying undergraduates for further study in graduate school and giving them a leg up in certain areas of the job market. Most philosophy departments offer students training in a unique combination of skills, including direct observation, critical thinking, logical analysis, moral reasoning, and cross-cultural understanding. In many professional fields, such skills are in high demand. In addition, many philosophy majors or minors go on to study law, business, education, and medicine in graduate school. The skills you aquire while studying philosphy are in high demand in all areas of life.

At A Glance

Degree Available: Bachelor of Arts

Minor Available? Yes

Graduate Degree Available? No

Campus: Macomb

Study Opportunities:

  • GradTrac
  • Honors

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