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Philosophy provides the opportunity to study a wide range of philosophical issues from a diverse array of philosophical traditions, methodologies, and perspectives. Courses develop skills in critical thinking, analysis, clear writing, and sustained reflection on important philosophical problems, both contemporary and perennial, concerned with ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, language, logic, the natural and social sciences, politics, aesthetics, and religion. Philosophy engages important portions of students’ intellectual heritage through the writings of influential philosophers of the past and present, and acquire a sense of the influence of these figures on the broader society and culture. 

Philosophy majors learn, equally importantly, to challenge these writings, to look for hidden assumptions and presuppositions, including those they themselves hold, and they learn how to critically scrutinize and evaluate competing positions, arguments, and perspectives.  Thus, students acquire both disciplinary knowledge and philosophical skills needed to understand and address the global challenges facing humanity, now and in the future. Philosophy students are encouraged to participate in study abroad opportunities, research experiences, and student organizations in and outside of the major.

All liberal arts majors prepare students with the skills identified as contributing to managerial success:  communicating and listening well, possessing insights into others, creative/critical thinking, problem solving, and the ability to make connections across complex ideas.

Degree in 3

Motivated, driven students can complete this major in three years. Degree in 3 allows students to enter the work force or graduate school a year earlier while also providing a cost-effective way to complete an undergraduate degree. Degree in 3 offers a great combination of cost-savings and the opportunity to accelerate your future and achieve your goals.


portrait of Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith, professor of philosophy was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to make more widely available through a digital humanities platform the work of French philosopher Gilles Deleuze. The three-year award for $294,236 will allow Daniel and his colleagues to translate several lectures that Deleuze (1925–1995) gave at the University of Paris 8, where he taught for many years.

The translations will be posted online and freely available to scholars, both at a CLA webpage and at the Purdue University Research Repository (PURR). The transcriptions of the seminars were supported by a Global Synergy Grant from the College of Liberal Arts, which continued work that had been initiated by a team at the University of Paris 8 at Vincennes/St. Denis. Daniel has translated two of Deleuze’s books, Francis Bacon: The Logic of Sensation and Essays Critical and Clinical.

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Plan of Study

Philosophy Webpage

Transfer to Philosophy

Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue's overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Contact Information

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(765) 494-6291

College of Liberal Arts

Careers in Philosophy

  •   Attorney
  •   Teacher
  •   Bioethicist
  •   Writer
  •   Entrepreneur
  •   Sales Management
  •   Human Resources
  •   Clergy
  •   Training and Development

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