Philosophy has been part of the curriculum at Indiana University since its founding in 1820. Our department emphasizes independent thought, rigor, self-reflection, and the application of reason to every problem, large and small. We aim to build and maintain an inclusive community in which everyone is safe and welcome and everyone can reach their full potential. Our department hosts and supports a Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) Chapter and an active undergraduate Philosophy Club. The Philosophy department’s research profile is well balanced across all major areas of philosophical inquiry with a number of areas of particular strength. Our graduate program has been nationally recognized for research excellence for the past fifty years.
Exceptional university resources
Students in Philosophy have an exceptionally diverse array of study options both within and beyond the department. IU is home to the Pure and Applied Logic Program, a large and acclaimed Cognitive Sciences Program, and the Department of the History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine. A number of philosophers are members of other departments, and a spirit of collaboration thrives at IU.
Preparation for a meaningful career
According to surveys by the College’s Walter Center for Career Achievement, 100% of our undergraduate majors are:
- employed 6 months out
- in jobs that require a bachelor’s degree
- say they are extremely satisfied
- say their degree is job relevant
- say their jobs align directly with career goals
*most recent data 2015-17