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The Undergraduate Program in Philosophy

Professor Paul Skokowski and undergraduates in PHIL 167D: Philosophy of Neuroscience, Fall 2013

Mission of the Undergraduate Program in Philosophy

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. 

Philosophy Core areas


  • Logic
  • Ancient Greek Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Kant
  • Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Epistemology
  • Ethics
  • Metaphysics

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  • Philosophy and Literature
  • Feminist Philosophy
  • Moral Psychology
  • Shared Agency
  • Normativity
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Environmental Philosophy
  • Computational Cognitive Science

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What makes the Philosophy major unique at Stanford? 

Concentrations within the major

Philosophy dual-degree possibilities

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Bachelor's in Philosophy with Honors

Students who wish to undertake a more intensive and extensive program of study, including seminars and independent work, may wish to pursue the Honors program in the major.

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Career Paths in Philosophy

Stanford Alumni Mentoring 


Beam Career Resources

BEAM is the student career education hub at Stanford University. Career Educators at BEAM connect students with the people and knowledge needed to help them explore career paths, identify and apply for opportunities, and cultivate personalized networks that shape their professional journey.

Career Resources for Humanities Majors