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Why major in Philosophy?

 A Well-Balanced Program

The Department of Philosophy offers a well-balanced program in the major areas of Philosophy and has particular areas of strength in Applied Ethics (including Bioethics, Legal Ethics, Environmental Ethics and Business and Professional Ethics), Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Biology, Philosophy of Social Science, Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science, Ancient Greek Philosophy, Chinese Philosophy, Practical Reason, Philosophy of Law, Political Philosophy, International Justice and Early Modern Philosophy.

 Undergraduate Flexibility

Flexible undergraduate requirements make it easier to double major or pick up one or two minors. Philosophy is ideal for students preparing for Law or Medical school. Offered minors which include Philosophy, Cognitive Science and Applied Ethics, help diversify your education.

 Graduate Program Excellence

We offer both Masters and Doctoral degrees for graduate students who are supported by Teaching Assistantships and a variety of departmental and university fellowships. Those interested in applied areas will benefit from good working arrangements with the School of Medicine, the S.J. Quinney College of Law, and the David Eccles School of Business, as well as many departments in the colleges of science and social science. A Graduate Certificate Program in Ethics and Public Affairs, jointly administered with the Political Science Department, was instituted in 2002.

 Colloquium Series

The Department offers a vigorous speaker program each year, including the annual Utah Colloquium, an intensive forum on a philosophical topic involving both Utah faculty and invited philosophers from elsewhere.  All majors and the public are welcome.

 Get Involved

The Philosophy Department offers a variety of clubs and groups for undergraduate and graduate students to meet others and experience Philosophy in in the real world.


For more information, please contact our office: (801) 581-8161


Last Updated: 5/31/18