Philosophy explores fundamental questions about the world and our place within it.
These questions are thousands of years old, and have engaged some of the greatest
minds humanity has produced.
Why philosophy at OSU?
Our Philosophy Department is a friendly and intellectually lively community of committed
scholars. Our department members mentor students, and the department provides many
opportunities for philosophical engagement outside of class. These opportunities include
public talks, film screenings, panel discussions, an Ethics Bowl team, an undergraduate
philosophy club (Friends of the Forms), an honor society (Phi Sigma Tau), and many
A philosophical education cultivates key skills that are valuable for individual development
and good citizenship. The ability to think carefully, analyze and critically assess
arguments and write clearly about complex topics are all skills that are useful in
virtually any profession. For this reason, philosophy majors typically outperform
most other majors on graduate exams, including the LSAT, GRE and GMAT. Our graduates
enjoy successful careers in a variety of fields:
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Phi Sigma Tau Honor Society
The Ethics Center on campus gives you the opportunity to work with professional ethicists,
faculty, fellow students, and the general public, providing an environment to analyze
and review relevant topics in the field.