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  • Welcome the UW-La Crosse Philosophy Department!

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    Why philosophy?

    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. 


    Philosophy: a major that pays! 

    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: great preparation for the LSAT, GRE, and more!

    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 Physics.

    Philosophy majors also do well on the GMAT, and enjoy high rates of acceptance to medical school, compared to other majors.


    What can I do with a major in philosophy?

    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.


    Is a philosophy class right for me?

    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.


    News and Announcements:

    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!



    Visit Us:

     The Philosophy 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
    Phone: 608.785.8424

    View our most recent bylaws (revised 5/2014).