Philosophy Bachelor's Degree Overview
Philosophers look for the best answers to the most basic questions: What is reality? How should we live? Does God exist? What is the difference between right and wrong? What is the relationship between mind, body and world? Do we need new answers to these old questions?
UTphilosophy majors read the works of history's greatest thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, Hume, Kant and more. They also study existentialism, feminism, Taoism, American pragmatism and postmodern political theory. Courses include Crime and Punishment, Science and Society, Computers and Culture, Environmental Ethics, and Love, Sex and Marriage.
Philosophy students at UT can take advantage of the department's networked computer laboratory and a seminar room, where students and faculty meet to discuss current events. In addition, many students publish their own articles in the student-run philosophy journal, Slash, and attend an annual speaker series about philosophy. Finally, philosophy majors are active in the Philosophy Club and the national philosophy honor society, Phi Sigma Tau.
College of Arts and Letters Highlights
- Active learning — Versus just sitting in a classroom and absorbing the knowledge, we have our students learn and then "do" through volunteer work or internships.
- Faculty working and researching in the field — In addition to teaching courses, our faculty are out there investigating and uncovering new insights and theories. This puts them among the leaders in their respective fields.
- Better preparation for graduate school — Most of the programs in the college have a graduate-level component, this means those same instructors will be teaching and preparing you at the undergraduate level.
- Technology integrated into curriculum — Our students learn and practice on the same equipment they'll encounter in the working world; standout technology includes a geographic information system (GIS) and remote sensing labs, a media-driven Foreign Languages Learning Lab, a letterpress facility, a high-definition television studio with editing and scripting bays, and more.
UT's philosophy program teaches life skills including the ability to think critically, read carefully, write clearly and speak eloquently. These vocabulary and analytical skills are useful in a diverse number of careers, including sales, entrepreneurship and social advocacy. Many students choose to pursue a second major to complement their career interests. Also, a philosophy major is perfect for those looking to attend medical or law school.
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree Curriculum