In philosophy, we look at the big
questions: how we acquire knowledge, the nature of right and
wrong, the meaning of beauty, the nature of the mind...just to
name a few! In our courses, you'll learn to read carefully,
think critically, and write clearly by examining responses to
the big questions by thinkers from a variety of time periods and
cultures. Maybe you'll even develop your own.
According to a study published in the Wall Street Journal,
graduates with an undergraduate degree in philosophy had
the highest percentage increases in salary in their
first 10 years after graduation, with average mid-career
salaries ranging from $52,800 (25th percentile) to $127,000
(75th percentile). That's right: philosophy is the #1
major that pays!
Philosophy majors score higher than any other major
on the GRE, with the highest overall scores and the
highest scores on both the verbal and analytical writing
sections. Philosophy majors are currently tied for #2
(with economics) for highest LSAT scores, coming in just behind
Philosophy majors also do well on the GMAT, and enjoy high
rates of acceptance to medical school, compared to other majors.
With a major in philosophy, the possibilities are endless!
Today's employers value college graduates who possess critical
thinking and analytical reasoning skills and the ability to
solve complex problems; in philosophy, you'll develop these
skills by working on the hardest problems we can come up with.
Our majors have gone on to do awesome things -
check out some of their stories.
Even if you're not planning to major or minor in philosophy,
a philosophy class can enrich and deepen your understanding of
your major area of study. Many of our courses are
interdisciplinary in nature - you are sure to find a course that
fits your interests! Some of our courses fulfill general
education requirements, and others make great electives to
fulfill an upper-division humanities requirement.
Philosopher Wins Provost Teaching Excellence Award (8/28/14)
Congratulations to Dr. Sam Cocks for receiving the Provost Teaching Excellence Award! Dr. Cocks was among six 2014 recipients of this prestigious award, whom were selected from over 400 student nominations across campus.
Change to course listing (updated 7/24/14)
Attention students! If you are planning to take PHL 303, Ethical Theory, you will now need to register for PHL 495, Section 03: Ethical Theory instead. To register, please contact Janet Abnet or Dr. Kraemer, and they will make sure you get in the class.
Edward Slingerland visit (updated 7/24/14)
We are excited to announce that Dr. Edward Slingerland will be visiting our campus to give a talk this fall. Professor Slingerland is currently Professor of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia and Canada Research Chair in Chinese thought and embodied cognition. More details to come!
Fall 2014 Registration Open
It's that time of year again! Our
course offerings for Fall
2014 are now available. Please note that many of our courses no
longer have prerequisites, and several fulfill general education
requirements. If you have questions about any
of our Fall 2014 offerings, let us know!
Department is located in Centennial Hall. We're on the
fourth floor: right off the elevator, left from the stairs.
Department of Philosophy
4102 Centennial Hall
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
La Crosse, WI 54601
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