Philosophy


Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science

Major, Minor
School of Arts and Sciences
4-Year Degree

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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. 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.

Who Is the Philosophy Program 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 of the Philosophy Program 

  • 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

sample courses

  • PHIL-201: History of Philosophy I
  • PHIL-221: Ethics of Diversity
  • PHIL-303: Formal Logic
  • PHIL-365: Economic Justice

 

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Our Faculty

Nick More, Ph.D
Professor

Michael Popich, Ph.D
Professor

Kara Barnette, Ph.D
Associate Professor

 

liberal education courses

You must complete the WCore program or join the Honors College (and complete requirements) to fulfill your liberal education credits.

Plan of Study for the Philosophy Program

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.

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.

Tuition and Aid

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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.

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

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

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All students should have the ability to explore their passions. Westminster College is proud to cover the cost of tuition for qualifying students through the Westminster Commitment.

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