Why Philosophy?

As a University of Minnesota Morris philosophy major, you will investigate fundamental areas of human inquiry, such as:

  • Metaphysics: What is the ultimate nature of reality?
  • Epistemology: What can we know?
  • Ethics: What actions are moral and immoral?

You'll also study the works of major figures in the history of philosophy and develop the ability to think, speak, and write critically and effectively. While the subject matter alone should be exciting enough to make you want to major in philosophy, there are plenty more reasons to major in philosophy at Morris.

"What can I do with a Philosophy Major at Morris?"

Philosophical skills provide invaluable training for almost any field. Philosophy provides excellent preparation for law school, and many companies prize the skills that are sharpened and honed by majoring in philosophy. As a group, philosophy majors do better on graduate admission tests like the LSAT, GRE, and GMAT than almost any other major. Morris students have gone on to a wide variety of careers, including a legislative assistant to Senator Tom Daschle, an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a researcher in Artificial Intelligence at Northwestern University.