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.

On this site, you can find out more about our courses and faculty, get our take on what philosophy is and why it matters, access resources to improve your writing and research skills, keep up to date on departmental clubs and events, get the facts on the bright career prospects for philosophy majors, and hear about what it's like to study philosophy at Sewanee from some of our recent alumni.


Philosophy Club: First Meeting on Wednesday 9/2
August 30, 2015
The student-run philosophy club at Sewanee will hold its first meeting of the year on Wednesday 9/2 at 8pm in the back room at Stirling's coffee shop. New members are welcome!
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McMahan to lecture on "Killing Civilians in War"
August 24, 2015
On Thursday August 27th, Jeff McMahan (C'76), White's Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Oxford, will present a public lecture on "Killing Civilians in War". The lecture will take place at 4.30pm in Convocation Hall, and is free and open to the public.
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Peterman publishes book on Confucius and Wittgenstein
July 7, 2015
New work explores parallels between Chinese and Western philosophy.
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