Philosophy - BA, BS

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

About This Degree

Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental human problems and questions, including existence, religion, reality, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language.

The philosophy program at Utah State is designed to provide students with an understanding of the origin and nature of philosophical issues, the development of these issues, the debates surrounding them, and their implications for various fields of study.

The philosophy program is a small, intimate program where students have the opportunity to pursue undergraduate research and receive individual mentoring from faculty. Through the program, students develop skills that allow them to generate ideas, solve problems, and communicate effectively.

What You Will Learn

The curriculum is designed to meet a wide variety of student interests and provide a rigorous foundation for students planning to further their education in law, medicine, or other graduate work. On average, philosophy majors outperform students in business, the sciences, and humanities on the MCAT, LSAT, and GMAT exams, which makes them excellent candidates for graduate and professional programs.

The preferred degree is the BA, in which students gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages in addition to regular coursework. If students wish to pursue a , they need to complete four extra science courses in addition to the regular course requirements for the major.

Career And Outcomes

Career Opportunities

Because philosophy majors develop strong research and critical-thinking skills, they most often continue their education and go on to law school, medical school, or graduate studies in philosophy.

If students wish to work right after graduation rather than pursuing further education, they should dual major. Students will most likely work in the field related to their second major but will have an advantage in the workforce because of the expertise gained through their philosophy courses.

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Admission Requirements

In addition to Utah State University’s admissions requirements, the philosophy program has additional requirements:

  • Freshmen: New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission to this major.
  • Transfer Students: Students transferring from other institutions and from other USU majors must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 to be accepted into the major.

International students have additional admissions requirements.

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