Whatever your career goals, a major in philosophy will equip you with the ability to think logically and analytically. You’ll choose from courses that examine the development of philosophical thought and discuss the works of famed philosophers, from the early Greeks through those of modern times. Other courses apply philosophical analysis to problems in fields as diverse as art, artificial intelligence, politics, and religion.
Students interested in this major need to meet the requirements for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The department sponsors an active Philosophy Club that hosts informal discussion meetings, movie nights, outreach events, departmental public lectures and colloquia, and other activities. The department also offers a service-learning course, Philosophy in Public.
The University of Iowa provides a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students through the Iowa Scholarship Portal. Scholarships are available to first-year, transfer, and currently enrolled students. For additional details on scholarships for your program of study, check directly with the department or college.
Undergraduate courses in philosophy are designed to impart knowledge of fundamental philosophical issues and major developments while strengthening logical and analytical skills.
The BA degree in philosophy includes this course work:
- Introduction to Symbolic Logic
- Ancient Philosophy
- Seventeenth-Century, Eighteenth-Century, or Modern Philosophy
- Six or more additional philosophy courses
Students also must complete the requirements of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences GE CLAS Core.
See Philosophy in the UI General Catalog to learn more about the major or minor and graduating with honors.
Courses for Nonmajors
Many philosophy courses are approved to fulfill General Education Program requirements. Some make interesting choices as electives for students in a variety of majors. Here are a few of them:
- Philosophy and Human Nature
- Philosophy and the Just Society
- Principles of Reasoning
- Introduction to Philosophy
- Introduction to Ethics