Philosophy and Humanities
Bachelor's Degree Program
According to recent studies, the top skills that employers look for in graduates are communication, critical thinking and problem solving. These are exactly the skills that you’ll develop when you major in philosophy at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Our program is unique in that it emphasizes the role of natural scientific methods in philosophy, teaching you how to think clearly and logically about any problem. Our faculty have diverse teaching and research interests, in areas ranging from science and technology to applied ethics. Small class sizes mean that you’ll have more opportunities to interact with and get to know your professors.
Our philosophy majors go on to a wide range of careers in business, law, politics, education, writing, research and academia.
What Is a Philosophy Degree?
Philosophy is the systematic study of knowledge, reality and existence. It literally means “love of wisdom.” Philosophy explores questions of ethics and investigates fundamental truths about every domain of human experience. The study of philosophy can profoundly affect how you think and what you do.
Because it touches on so many subjects, and its methods are usable in any field, the study of philosophy can be applied to anything you do—professionally and in day-to-day living. Some of the key skills you’ll develop as a philosophy major include problem solving, communication, writing and the power of persuasion.
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Why Study Philosophy and Humanities at UAF?
If you enjoy asking questions and debating ideas you should be an excellent candidate for a major in philosophy. Read on to learn more about the unique opportunities you’ll have in the philosophy and humanities program at UAF.
What Can You Do With a Degree in Philosophy?
Philosophy majors learn to reason effectively, write persuasively and form coherent arguments—all skills that employers look for and value. Our graduates include intelligence analysts working in Washington D.C., lawyers and renowned academics.
Philosophy Degree Requirements
The philosophy major includes introductory philosophy courses, core curriculum classes in ethics and humanities, a broad range of upper and lower-division elective courses, cross-listed and interdisciplinary courses and classes for graduate credit. There is an optional senior thesis and an oral defense for departmental honors. You may also talk to faculty about registering for independent study coursework in philosophy.
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