Philosophy wakes us up. It asks us to think about ourselves and the world without preconceptions. It asks us not just how we do live, but how we ought to live. It asks where we fit into the natural world and how we should treat each other. It commits us to critical reflection, not just for a season, but for everything a life can encompass.
Philosophy majors, not coincidentally, are successful: They ace admissions tests for law school, graduate school, business school, and medical school. Their acceptance rates for medical and law school are outstanding, and IU Philosophy majors rank fourth among 48 IUB College of Arts and Science majors in starting salary.
Philosophy courses explore big ideas and big questions with precision and rigor. We offer courses from the introductory to the graduate level across the entire range of philosophy for both majors and non-majors. We also have specially designed pathways for pre-med, pre-law, and graduate school.
We offer a B.A. in Philosophy, two interdepartmental B.A.s, Philosophy and Religious Studies, and Philosophy and Political Science, a general minor in Philosophy, a minor in Ethics, a minor in Philosophy of the Arts, and a minor in Philosophy of Mind and Cognition. We have many double majors and Philosophy minors are a popular addition to majors in other disciplines. Our graduate program admits students for the Ph.D. in Philosophy and offers a coursework only M.A. that is restricted to students who have already been admitted to a graduate program at Indiana University.
Our faculty are internationally recognized scholars and teachers who represent a broad array of interests. We are dedicated to creating a welcoming community and supportive environment for all students and to promoting intellectual growth, breadth of vision, and depth of understanding.
Our department emphasizes developing the ability for rigorous, original, and creative thought. We challenge our students from the start to think for themselves about the deepest philosophical problems. The Philosophy Club runs an undergraduate journal for research and an active schedule of discussions of philosophical issues. Many of our majors undertake independent research on an honors thesis with a member of the faculty.
The graduate program focuses on philosophical and professional development. Our graduate students present research at national and international conferences, and publish in top journals such as The Journal of Philosophy, Hypatia, Philosophical Studies, Kantian Review, Synthese, The Canadian Journal of Philosophy, and Erkenntnis, among others, as well as book chapters with presses such as Oxford, Cambridge and Routledge. Our graduate student community is inclusive and supportive; activities include a graduate colloquium series, reading groups, and frequent social events.