Philosophy

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Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science
Major
School of Arts and Sciences
Four-Year Degree

Overview

Philosophy means examining the way we acquire knowledge to learn about human conceptions of ethics, arts, and science. At Westminster, you can earn a degree in philosophy that will allow you to explore reality through a critical and problem-solving lens.

Who It's For

Students in the Philosophy program are characterized by a natural curiosity and a desire to understand the world that surrounds them. If you find yourself constantly asking questions and wondering why knowledge functions the way it does in our society, the Philosophy program is the right fit for you.

Key Benefits

  • Small, seminar-based classes with the opportunity for in-depth conversations between students and teachers
  • Opportunities to research and analyze topics of personal interest leading to a senior thesis
  • Emphasis on communication through use of evidence and reasoned arguments

"Reserve your right to think, for even to think wrongly is better than not to think at all."

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About the Program

The Philosophy program provides students with the tools necessary to examine human systems of value, knowledge, and belief. Classes place a huge importance on argumentation and cultivating reasoning skills, as well as learning how to translate them into a successful and meaningful career.

What You'll Learn

  • Become an effective analytical and critical thinker.
  • Learn how to communicate clear arguments orally and in writing.
  • Specialize in either a theoretical or applied field within philosophy.
  • Produce an original piece of scholarship.
  • Reflect on the impact of globalization and diversity.

Plan of Study

You will start by taking lower-division courses where you will explore the history of philosophy and its ethical consequences. As you progress through the program, you will be required to take research seminars for your senior thesis. You’ll also have the opportunity to customize your experience by choosing an area of concentration.

Concentrations

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy

Requires 6 credit hours from upper-level coursework in complementary disciplines such as history, psychology, and sociology.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Philosophy

Requires 8 credit hours of a laboratory science as approved by the student’s advisor.


Sample Courses

Critical Thinking

In this course, you will practice the skills involved in clear thinking and intelligent reading, with an emphasis is placed on sound decision-making in everyday life. You will learn how to identify fallacies in argumentation and master the fundamentals of deductive logic.

Philosophy of Religion

In this course, you will explore philosophical issues in religion, such as the nature of God, the problem of evil, the prospect of immortality, and more. Particular attention is paid to the relationship between science, monotheism, and theologies to delve into the multiple interpretations of religion.

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Career Opportunities

The development of skills that will translate to practical job opportunities makes philosophy is an excellent choice for students who want to attend medical, graduate, and law school. Whether you want to understand the evolution of knowledge or learn how to think critically and argue persuasively, the Philosophy program will meet your needs.

Potential Careers

Students are prepared for opportunities in the fields of law, business, publishing, medicine, education, and management, as well as work with non-profit organizations. Students may also choose to further their studies through graduate school.

Student Success

Past students have continued their studies at many prestigious institutions such as the London School of Economics, Binghamton University, Cornell University, the University of Arizona, and Tufts University.

Other Philosophy Programs

Westminster College also offers an academic minor for those who want to add a critical thinking component to their chosen area of study.

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Tuition and Aid

There's No Better Investment Than You

Westminster College knows you want an education where you matter—a place that will serve as a launchpad for a successful career and a meaningful life. Westminster will work with you individually through every step of the financial aid process. From scholarships to grants and loans, Westminster helps you make it happen.

With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, Westminster students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of students were either employed or attending graduate school within 5 months of graduating. With a Westminster degree, you don't have to choose between a successful career and a fulfilling life.

Average Cost After Financial Aid

$14,042 ($7,021 per semester)

Cost Breakdown (2018–2019)

  • Tuition: $34,000
  • Room: $5,526
  • Board: $3,164

Financial Aid

Average Total Financial Aid

$27,834 (merit scholarship, work-study, grants and loan funds)

Scholarships

You’ll be automatically considered for scholarship and grant opportunities.

In addition to general merit scholarships, there are other scholarship programs to support you throughout your time at Westminster.

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