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.
Philosophy Club and Socrates Cafe offer opportunities to get more involved with philosophy (updated 9/17/14)
After a brief hiatus, the Philosophy Club and Socrates Cafe are back for Fall 2014! Those interested in participating should check out the Philosophy Club tab, which is maintained by its student officers. All students are welcome to join Philosophy Club and Socrates Cafe - you do not need to be a philosophy major.
Edward Slingerland visit (updated 9/12/12)
We are excited to announce that Dr.
Edward Slingerland will be speaking at 4:30 PM on Wednesday, October 29 in 1400 Centennial Hall. Professor Slingerland is currently Professor of Asian Studies at the
University of British Columbia and Canada Research Chair in Chinese
thought and embodied cognition. Please see our events page for more details and a downloadable flyer.
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.
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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