b.s./b.a. in philosophy
the pursuit of wisdom can lead you wherever you go
frostburg state university offers an engaging bachelor’s degree program in philosophy, the pursuit of wisdom, for any students interested in acquiring a highly valued set of skills as part of their undergraduate education. by delving into the most basic aspects of the world around them, philosophy majors improve themselves as human beings while developing strong critical reasoning, problem solving and communication skills — significant assets to any profession.
with a highly customizable program that pairs well with numerous other majors and minors, fsu’s philosophy program offers you intriguing choices no matter what your interests are.
- branch out! the philosophy program is ideally suited for combining with another major, so you can explore all of your interests!
- follow your curiosity by investigating fascinating questions about our world and the way we live our lives.
- develop rigorous analytical, problem solving and communication skills that are highly desirable in just about any field.
- examine not only the arguments and teachings of great historical philosophers, but also contemporary world views and modern ethical dilemmas.
- get into philosophy as soon as you enroll! the philosophy department offers several introductory courses as part of fsu’s general education program, including idis freshman experience courses addressing philosophical issues ranging from food to the internet!
- stimulate your mind and get to know your peers in fsu’s philosophy club.
about our philosophy faculty:
study with unique and personable teachers ready to welcome you into their classroom and department.
learn in a small class environment that allows professors to individually mentor you and that allows you to discuss and debate ideas with other students.
sample philosophy courses you may take:
science on trial – students play roles in two “reacting to the past” games focusing on significant paradigm shifts in the history of science. the trial of galileo examines the conflict over the aristotelian vs. copernican models of the solar system. the darwin game examines the shift from theological to naturalistic explanations on the origin of species. both games raise questions about how scientific theories gain acceptance, the role of empirical observations and how to reconcile religious and scientific belief.
the meaning of life – what is the meaning of life? what does this question mean, and is there any good answer to it? does a meaningful life depend on the existence of god or an afterlife? does american culture help or hinder us in our pursuit of a meaningful life? ultimately, is life simply absurd?
philosophy of law – leading issues in the philosophy of law. such topics as the nature of law and its relation to morality, the concept of responsibility and the justification of punishment. highly recommended for those interested in the theory of legal concepts and legal reasoning.
find out more about frostburg state university’s philosophy program requirements (pdf).
career outlook for philosophy graduates:
studying philosophy equips students with a range of highly marketable skills. philosophy graduates pursue careers in a wide variety of fields, including education, law, journalism, writing, computing and information technology, communications and even medicine. philosophy students earn some of the highest scores on standardized tests such as the graduate record examination (gre), the law school admission test (lsat) and the graduate management admission test (gmat) and have high acceptance rates into all kinds of graduate and professional programs. check out the bureau of labor statistics’ occupational outlook handbook to explore careers that could suit you.