Philosophy engages fundamental questions concerning human identity, the nature of knowledge and reality, moral virtue and responsibility, the nature of community and political authority, aesthetic judgements and values, and other concepts central to the meaning and value of human existence. With over 200 undergraduate majors and minors, the Philosophy major at the University of Oregon is one of the most vibrant in the country. Our program emphasizes the study of ethics, social and political philosophy, American philosophy, continental philosophy, feminist philosophy, philosophy of mind, the philosophy of race, the history of philosophy, and environmental philosophy.
Top Five
Reasons to Study
This Major
  1. Reason more insightfully about questions of value.

  2. Build skills in writing and critical reasoning.

  3. Explore fundamental questions of the meaning and the nature of human life.

  4. Become an informed and engaged global citizen.

  5. Prepare for a wide variety of opportunities for further study.

College of Arts and Sciences
Where Can I Go?

Students in Philosophy may choose to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS), or a Master of Arts (MA). Philosophy provides students with a foundation for employment in:

Legal firms and law offices

Research institutes

Charitable organizations


Religiously affiliated organizations

National and state Endowments for the Humanities

Political action committees

Special interest groups

Magazine and newspaper publishers
Alumni Jobs

Director of business advocacy

Behavior consultant

Video editor

Non-profit executive director

Accommodations assistant

Documentary filmmaker

Multimedia designer

Urban planner

Lawyer, US District Court

Chief Legal Counsel of AT&T Wireless

Courses You
May Need

1st Year
Six creds lower-division, e.g. PHIL 101-3, 110, 130, 170; WR 121-2

2nd Year
Two from PHIL 310, 311, 312; Two from PHIL 342, 415, 420; PHIL 225; PHIL 1xx/2xx

3rd Year
PHIL 453; PHIL 463; PHIL 3xx/4xx; PHIL 3xx/4xx

4th Year
PHIL 3xx/4xx; PHIL 3xx/4xx

Major Credits
Required 28
Electives 24

Total 52

Core Education Requirements

BS or BA Degree Minimum = 180 credits.

Core Education is approximately 71—83 credits depending on transfer credits and placement scores and requires courses in:


Math and/or CS (BS) or Language (BA)

US: Difference, Inequality, Agency

Global Perspectives

Areas of Inquiry in:

Arts and Letters

Social Science / Science
What Will I Learn?

Critical thinking and reasoning

Oral and written communication

Creative writing

Cross-cultural collaboration

Qualitative analysis

Library research
Experiential learning opportunities

Phil 220 Food Ethics (has an experiential component

Phil 335 Medical Ethics (is occasionally taught in collaboration with Peace Health)

Diversity Focus

Student publications

Student clubs
Specialized Courses

Internet, Society, and Philosophy


Philosophy and Cultural Diversity

Philosophy of Film

Food Ethics

Philosophy of Law

Medical Ethics

Environmental Philosophy
Add A Minor Or Certificate




Political Science

Writing, Public Speaking, and Critical Reasoning (WSCR)

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