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Department of Philosophy & Religion Undergraduate Programs

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Philosophy Major

The philosophy major at UIndy is designed to help you think through questions about meaning and morality, explore the history of philosophy, and examine the role of ethics in a modern context. Under our accomplished faculty, you will explore some of the toughest questions to face societies throughout history: What is truth? Is there a God? How do we define what is "good”? Courses in the history of philosophy (including Aristotle and Medieval Philosophy) introduce students to the great thinkers of the past. Basic ethics courses (such as Ethics or Christian Ethics) invite students to consider greater topics related to philosophy. Focused special topics and independent study courses (like Existence of God or Business Ethics) give upper-level students the chance to go beyond the questions and begin developing solutions to real-world problems.

Program strengths

  • Faculty are actively involved in the Indiana Philosophical Association and have been published in a variety of publications on a diverse range of topics
  • Small class sizes encourage meaningful relationships between faculty and students
  • Upperclassmen are able to work with professors to create customized, independent study courses to help them explore their interests
  • Special topics courses are regularly tailored to student interests
“A lot goes into a career in writing, and it takes even more to grow a business from the ground up. But at the heart of everything that's helped me become successful in these endeavors lies my education in the Philosophy & Religion Department. More than anything, these teachers and classes filled me with a desire to keep reading and learning and growing my own perspective, and that's made all the difference for me.”
Ryan Brock
Founder & CEO, Metonymy Media

Potential careers with a philosophy degree

According to recent data, philosophy majors are more likely to score well on graduate school entrance exams than any other humanities major. Thanks to the skills philosophy majors gain in civil discourse, rational thinking, research and communication, they typically make more money throughout their careers than other majors, and are well suited to a variety of fields.

  • Law school: Many of our alumni have had great success in law school. Philosophy majors score higher on the LSATs than any other undergraduate major, and are prepared to engage in the kind of debate required in a courtroom setting.
  • Graduate school: Our majors have done very well in graduate programs in psychology, philosophy, education and more. Whatever your ultimate career goals, a philosophy undergraduate degree will give you the foundation for academic success in the future.
  • Public administration: UIndy's focus on service and leadership often manifests in our philosophy majors going on to work in public administration and other service-related fields.
  • Social work: Social workers must have the ability to see complex situations from many competing points of view and communicate clearly and effectively. Many of our majors have gained those skills and gone on to successful careers in social work.

Philosophy might be for you if

  • You're active in your school's debate team, or enjoy constructing compelling arguments
  • You're interested in exploring the existence of God
  • You're looking for the meaning of life
  • Questions about morality intrigue you
  • You want to sharpen your reasoning and communication skills

Curriculum Guides

These curriculum guides outline the different classes you will need to take as a philosophy major. The general education guide provides a list of all the classes you need in order to fulfill UIndy’s general education requirements. The philosophy guide outlines and lists all of the classes you will need to take in order to fulfill the major’s requirements. Be sure to take a look at both guides in order to get a complete picture of what your classes will look like at UIndy.