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Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy

B.A. or B.S. in philosophy; minor

The study of philosophy focuses on evaluating reasons and arguments about nearly every aspect of life: morality, knowledge, politics, science, law and religion. Philosophers may ask themselves, "What is freedom?", or, "What are the moral foundations of law?"

Evaluating our reasoning requires the ability to identify good arguments, evaluate empirical claims and appreciate the role that values play in the decision-making context.

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Students in many majors, such as philosophy, connect with each other by sharing their experiences and learning opportunities.

The K-State difference

Our program in philosophy gives students an understanding of traditional philosophical subjects such as:

  • Nature and justification of moral values
  • Religious and scientific explanations of the world
  • Moral foundation of social institutions
  • Nature of reasoning and argument

We encourage students to submit their research to undergraduate conferences and journals, and routinely offer independent study courses in which students develop their own research working with faculty members.

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Did you know?

The philosophy department offers mentorships to students on an individual basis to help with career planning, internships, law school and graduate school applications, as well as research.

Courses and curriculum

We offer a variety of options within the major program to provide flexibility in organizing a course of studies with philosophy at its center.

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Further your education

Philosophy (B.A. or B.S.)
Philosophy (Minor)

What can I do with a degree in philosophy?

Philosophy trains students to think both critically and imaginatively about topics that intersect ethics, science, religion and ethics. As a result, the study of philosophy confers a breadth of knowledge and develops reasoning and writing skills. Related careers include:

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