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The Undergraduate Program in Philosophy

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The undergraduate program in Philosophy trains students to think clearly and critically about the deepest and broadest questions concerning being, knowledge, and value, as well as their connections to the full range of human activities and interests. The Philosophy major presents students with the perspectives of past thinkers and introduces students to a variety of methods of reasoning and judgment formation. Courses in the major equip students with core skills involved in critical reading, analytical thinking, sound argumentation, and the clear, well-organized expression of ideas.

The undergraduate degree in Philosophy provides opportunities to explore traditional core areas of philosophy and a diverse array of subfields that are cross-listed with numerous other Departments. 

What makes the Philosophy major unique at Stanford? 

Concentrations within the major

Philosophy degree possibilities

Undergraduate Honors

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How can one pursue a Minor in Philosophy at Stanford?

Students must declare their intention to minor in Philosophy in a meeting with the Director of Undergraduate Studies no later than the last day of the quarter two quarters before degree conferral.

Learn more about the undergraduate minor