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Philosophy asks critical questions about how we ought to live, the sources and extent of knowledge, and the world and its nature. Philosophy asks thought-provoking questions about the mind, the self, God, free will, science, justice, and the Good Life. By engaging with challenging philosophical questions, students learn to think analytically and independently, and they develop excellent skills at critical thinking, reasoning, writing, and communication.

The philosophy major provides students with essential skills in reasoning, analysis, argumentation, close reading, and communication that will prepare them for a successful and fulfilling professional life. The major encourages critical engagement with the major ideas, figures, and theories in philosophical traditions, and it provides broad knowledge of the field of philosophy.

BA Philosophy

Minor Philosophy




Experiential Opportunities

Jackson Scholars


Philosophy Club



Philosophy Major

Foundation Requirements
(3 Courses)

PHIL 110 - Introduction to Logic
PHIL 271 - Philosophical Writing (3 credits)


PHIL 101 - Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 102 - Introduction to Ethics

Major Requirements
(9 Courses)

History of Philosophy
PHIL 300 - Ancient Philosophy
PHIL 301 - Modern Philosophy


Logic Epistemology, and Metaphysics
PHIL 321 - Symbolic Logic
1 Upper-Division Course

PHIL 311 - Ethical Theory


4 Courses between the 200-400 level

(1 Course)

PHIL 490 - Capstone/Thesis Seminar
PHIL 499 - Senior Thesis in Philosophy

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The philosophy minor provides the same skills and challenge of the philosophy major, yet with a less-intensive exposure than the philosophy major. The general analytical skills developed in the minor are an ideal complement to any other major, whether in the sciences, the humanities, the arts, business, or education.

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Program Faculty

Priscilla Meyers

Renée Smith

Professor, University Faculty Ombuds

Philosophy of Mind, Epistemology, Logic

Jonathan Doe

Jonathan Trerise


Ethics, Political Philosophy


Julinna Oxley

Professor/ Director Jackson Center for Ethics and Family Values

Oppression, Understanding How Emotions Change Beliefs, and Political Virtue

Amanda Green
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Student and Alumni Work

  • MidDay with Tre 2023 (Added 2/21/2023) MCD

    MidDay with Tre

    Director of the Jackson Family Center for Ethics and Values, Julinna Oxley, comes onto the show to discuss the world of philosophy.

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  • Public Domain from the South Carolina National Guard

    Responding to Disaster

    Students in an environmental philosophy course morphed their focus into environmental advocacy following the area flooding resulting from Hurricane Florence.

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  • Lunney Museum

    Nicklaus McKinney (2015)

    is the director of the Lunney Museum in Seneca, South Carolina. He is also the organizer of the Small Muse podcast and collaborator for the Bertha Lee Strickland Museum.

  • Roane State Community College

    Jason Fischel (2004)

    went on to complete a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He is currently a philosophy faculty member at Roane State Community College.

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Ron Green
Chair, Philosophy and Religious Studies