The ability to think critically, analytically and logically is central to success in all professions. A Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Philosophy from the University of Idaho gives you the finely-tuned reasoning and communication skills that are highly valued by today’s employers. You’ll graduate competitively positioned for a wide range of exciting career opportunities in business, education, government, journalism and many other dynamic fields. If you want to become a lawyer, philosophy offers one of the very best pre-law majors.
As a philosophy major, you’ll examine fundamental questions concerning the nature of reality, society and human life. You’ll engage in thought-provoking discussions and problem-solving activities that challenge you to think critically and analytically about complex issues. The program includes in-depth study of writings from history’s revered philosophers, including Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Locke, Hume, Kant, Nietzsche and Wittgenstein. Specifically, you’ll learn to reason and write clearly as you acquire well-rounded knowledge of:
- Ethics and moral thought
- Logic and critical thinking
- Political philosophy and justice theory
- Philosophy of law
- Epistemology (study of the nature of knowledge and its relation to truth, belief and justification)
- Philosophy of science and biology, including bioethics
The Department of Philosophy has particular strengths in environmental philosophy, natural resource ethics and bioethics. Faculty members work closely with the University of Idaho College of Natural Resources and the Department of Biology to create unique learning opportunities surrounding these areas.
The department also offers a special course of study in professional ethics and global justice. By taking certain courses, you can earn a Certificate in Professional Ethics along with your bachelor’s degree. Combining your course work with a justice-focused study abroad at partner universities in Kenya, Ecuador, Japan or Mexico allows you to enhance your degree with a Certificate in Global Justice.
The University of Idaho Department of Philosophy has a rich history of collaboration with the Department of Philosophy at neighboring Washington State University (WSU). This partnership gives you access to faculty expertise and the excellent resources of both universities. You will have the opportunity to receive University of Idaho credit for philosophy courses offered at the WSU campus in Pullman, Washington, located just eight miles from Moscow, Idaho. Free transportation is provided between the two campuses.