Students learn both historical and critical approaches to the discipline in this program, which introduces philosophy’s roots—the notions, arguments, and intellectual movements that influenced thought throughout history—and teaches students to think analytically, support their own ideas, and form defensible positions.

Majors complete at least 10½ courses in philosophy, junior and senior tutorials, and comprehensive examinations. Majors also write a 20–30-page senior essay for which they must make an effective oral presentation and defend their thesis.

The department’s popular Philosophy Club sponsors events including a screening and discussion of films that raise philosophical and moral questions. Recent selections have included Fight ClubSling BladePi, and American History X.


Commencement Ceremony Names Philosophy Award Winner
May 15, 2015
On May 10, The University of the South's 2014-15 academic year came to a close with Commencement marking graduation weekend on the Mountain. During the awarding of Awards and Prizes, one Philosophy student was named.
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