Philosophy is the love of wisdom.
Major in philosophy at the University of Mary Washington and you’ll investigate the science of argument. Cut through the clamor of our insult-driven digital world to seek answers with an open mind. Consider multiple viewpoints, test theories, detect fallacies, and express your findings clearly. You’ll leave prepared for law school or seminary or a career in business or politics – and for a meaningful life.
Students majoring in philosophy who complete all requirements earn the degree of Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in philosophy and religious studies.
Areas of Study
Explore introductory logic and ethics, ancient Greek philosophy, and early modern philosophy. Then choose from additional courses covering medieval philosophy; social and political philosophy; aesthetics; feminism; existentialism; phenomenology; practical, medical, or environmental ethics; Hinduism, Buddhism, and Daoism; Asian and comparative philosophy; 20th-century philosophy; Freud’s greatest hits; and in-depth examinations of Plato, Aristotle, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Marx, and Nietzsche.
Philosophy is great preparation for grad school, law school, seminary, or a career in business, consulting, or politics. UMW philosophy graduates have continued study in such disciplines as law, research, and teaching. Some have headed directly into business, journalism, publishing, and other professions that demand critical thinking and clear writing.
Undergraduates have opportunities to complete research and present at conferences, making valuable contacts for the professional world.
To graduate with honors in philosophy, you must have at least a 3.5 grade-point average in the major. You’ll complete a research project and write and defend a senior thesis.
The philosophy major requires 30 credits from 10 courses including logic, ancient Greek philosophy, and early modern philosophy; a selection of courses from other philosophy disciplines; and two additional courses, including one at the 300 level or above.