Philosophy Major and Minor

What are the origins of knowledge? Should humans be governed by a moral or ethical code? What is the nature of reality? As a philosophy major, you’ll learn to analyze and interpret complex ideas, build strong arguments and grapple with fundamental questions about the nature of our existence in the world.

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Why Study Philosophy at Albion?

We’re committed to both broadening your perspectives and encouraging independent inquiry. As a student of philosophy, you’ll develop the ability to analyze complex texts and arguments, articulate your position clearly in both verbal and written communication and understand and distill complex systems of thought, skills that will serve you well in any walk of life. At Albion, you’ll benefit from rigorous discourse in our small classes and close mentorship from our faculty.

What Will You Learn as a Philosophy Major or Minor?

You'll study the prominent branches and movements in historical and contemporary thought and interrogate the ideas of prominent thinkers in eastern and western schools of philosophy.

You'll develop critical reasoning skills and learn to debate and defend your position with compelling arguments.

You'll apply your critical thinking skills to some of the biggest social justice issues of our time, like racism, sexism, violence and war.

Highlights

Honors Thesis

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The critical reasoning and writing skills you’ll hone as a philosophy major will make you the perfect candidate for the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program. Consider taking on a challenge and exploring a topic you’re passionate about by writing an Honors thesis during your senior year. The rigorous process is excellent preparation for graduate studies, and you’ll earn departmental honors as well.

Internships

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Gain hands-on experience and explore potential careers through an off-campus internship. Our faculty and career advisors can help you secure internships that prepare you for life after Albion. And you’ll earn college credit for your experience–building your resume and advancing your education at the same time.

Research

Albion College students investigate freshwater habitats in Michigan.

Pursue independent research through the Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (FURSCA). As a participant in FURSCA, you’ll submit a research proposal and, if accepted, you’ll be matched with a faculty mentor to help you execute your project.

Scholarships and Awards

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At Albion, we celebrate excellence. Each year, our department recognizes students who excel in philosophy with a range of prestigious scholarships and awards for current students.

Careers & Outcomes

As a student of philosophy, the logic, critical reasoning and conceptual skills you develop will prepare you for advanced study and work in a broad range of fields, from law, public policy and business to medicine, teaching and activism. Below are examples of some of the professions our students choose, as well as graduate programs our students have recently attended.

Briefcase

Job Titles

  • Research Analyst
  • Grant Writer
  • Lawyer
  • Physician
  • Policy Maker
  • College Professor
  • Attorney
  • Research Assistant

Graduate Programs

  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • University of Michigan-Dearborn
  • Syracuse University
  • Wayne State University
  • Boston University
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Notre Dame