There is no career whose foundations are untouched by philosophy. Philosophy graduates from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville are now employed in many professions, as there is always a demand for able and thoughtful people.

What is Philosophy? 

Philosophy literally means the "love of wisdom."

As a discipline of the mind, it calls you to think critically about the most fundamental questions of life:

  • What does it mean to be human?
  • How are humans related to the rest of reality?
  • What constitutes reality?
  • Is the universe friendly or indifferent to human purpose?
  • To what extent are we free or not free?
  • What purposes should we pursue?
  • What are the possibilities and limitations of human power and understanding?
  • By what criteria can such questions be addressed?
  • What constitutes knowledge?
  • Are there different ways of knowing?
  • What role do assumptions play in what we think is true?

By challenging you to think carefully about questions like these, the philosophy program provides an excellent foundation for in-depth study of almost any topic.

Philosophy at UW-Platteville 

The philosophy program offers both a major and minor, encompassing the whole sweep of the history of philosophy rather than any particular philosophy.

It also offers important courses if you are majoring in other disciplines, such as:

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Philosophy of Law

A student majoring in philosophy may graduate with honors in philosophy by maintaining a high grade point average, and in the senior year completing an independent research project.

Employment Opportunities

Studying philosophy can be your path to making a life, but also to making a living.

The study of philosophy is valuable to you as a person, no matter what specific career you may have in mind. After attaining a bachelor’s degree, many students go on to graduate school in philosophy, or to prepare for a professional career in:

  • Law
  • Education
  • Business
  • Ministry
  • Journalism
  • The arts

Administration & Faculty

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