About Philosophy

Why Major in Philosophy?  What Could You Do With That?!

The Philosophy major does more than prepare students for a career in a particular field.  It prepares students with thinking, problem-solving and writing skills for agility in a world where most individuals change career fields multiple times in the course of their lives.  It creates individuals who can understand difficult material and teach themselves new information on the job.  Because of this, philosophy majors can succeed in many fields.  Recent philosophy graduates from the University of Dubuque have successful careers in public administration, business, law, Christian ministry, secondary education, and higher education. 

A Great Second Major

As a second major, philosophy can give depth to the student’s education and provide a critical edge over those with another major alone. By combining a Philosophy major or minor with one of many  other majors, a student can gain both depth and breadth in his or her professional preparation.

The Philosophy Major and Minor Goals:

A philosophy major provides an excellent background for many graduate programs including law, philosophy, and theology. The department works with each student majoring in philosophy, both in courses and individually, to help the student develop:

  • An ability to analyze and evaluate ideas and issues critically and constructively;
  • General knowledge of the history of Western thought;
  • General understanding of the basic areas of philosophy, including epistemology (theory of knowledge), ethics, metaphysics, and logic;
  • Exposure to non-western philosophy; and
  • Skills in philosophical research and writing.
Requriements:

A major in philosophy requires 30 semester hours in philosophy, including:

  • PHL 111: Introduction to Philosophy (3), PHL118 Philosophy at the Movies (3), or some other introductory course in philosophy (3)
  • PHL 114: Logical Reasoning (3)
  • PHL 261: World Philosophies (3), or some other course on non-Western philosophy (3)
  • PHL 312: Ethical Theory (3), or some other course on ethics (3)
  • PHL 355: Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (3)
  • PHL 356: Modern and Contemporary Philosophy (3)
  • PHL 495: Senior Seminar (3)
  • and 9 semester hours of electives in philosophy.

A minor in philosophy requires 21 semester hours in philosophy, including:

  • PHL 111: Introduction to Philosophy (3), PHL118 Philosophy at the Movies (3), or some other introductory course in philosophy (3)
  • PHL 114: Logical Reasoning (3)
  • PHL 212: Ethics and Contermporary Issues (3), or some other course on ethics (3)
  • PHL 355: Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (3)
  • PHL 356: Modern and Contemporary Philosophy (3)
  • and 6 semester hours of electives in philosophy.