Learn how to ask thought-provoking questions about morality, justice, the mind, God, free will, and the good life.

Think deeper about fundamental issues such as how we ought to live and the nature of our experiences. By studying philosophy, you will learn marketable skills like thinking analytically, writing clearly, and communicating about difficult topics. With a low student-faculty ratio and small discussion-based courses, Coastal's program will make you feel like part of an intellectual community, not just a major. 


Philosophy majors score extremely well on the LSAT, GRE, and GMAT.

Where Philosophy Can Take You

Philosophy prepares you for multiple careers by training you in critical thinking, analysis, and clear writing. Our alumni have gone on to become business owners, lawyers, teachers, and professors.

Sarah Bouchard, a philosophy alumni and an artist, holds a piece of her artwork at a workshop table.

“As a contemporary artist, I constantly grapple with my own identity and experience of the world. I have philosophy and ethics to thank for allowing me to think critically. It has made my transition into graduate school much easier.”

-Sarah Bouchard, B.A. Philosophy and Studio Art
2021 MFA Candidate, University of Georgia

“Philosophy at Coastal Carolina University prepared me for the critical thinking skills required for graduate studies, specifically, the entrance exam for law school (LSAT). The logic courses I took while in undergrad prepared me well for the test and reading arguments as a law student.”

-Bradley Brown, B.A. Philosophy, 2018
M.A. Sport Management 2019 Juris Doctor Candidate, College of Charleston, 2024

Philosophy at Coastal

With a low student-faculty ratio and small discussion-based classes, students are at the core of our program. Through individualized attention and career guidance, our faculty are committed to student success in the classroom and beyond.


Popular Courses in Philosophy

PHIL 312: Biomedical Ethics

Dr. Emily McGill

What does it mean to give informed consent? Is universal healthcare a requirement of justice? In this class, we will discuss ethical frameworks that help us approach these and many other difficult questions that surround medicine, healthcare, and research.

PHIL 312: Intelligence Ethics

Dr. Jonathan Trerise

Spying involves actions we think are morally wrong: lying, stealing, blackmailing, and coercion are all clear cases of moral wrongs. However, many people believe intelligence work is honorable and even necessary. Is it therefore, right to do wrong?

Research Centers

The Jackson Center sponsors four cornerstones: the Jackson Scholars, the Ethics and Leadership Academy, the Jackson Center Events Program, and the Visiting Ethicist series.

Complimentary Minors

Program Contact

Ron Green
Chair, Philosophy and Religious Studies
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