Philosophy Degree

Students majoring in philosophy develop critical thinking skills that are essential in all aspects of personal, political, and professional lives.

The Philosophy major is designed specifically to respond to the university’s attempt to educate the whole person and foster intellectual challenge. As such, it is flexible enough to provide a sufficient training for graduate school or for those who choose to pursue a career directly after college. Potential graduate students will be trained in how to read difficult philosophical texts, formulate logically sound arguments, and write persuasive papers on philosophical topics. Those who do not anticipate going to graduate school will gain a wide grounding in the history of philosophy, knowledge of contemporary philosophically pressing issues, and an understanding of not only how arguments work but how to critically think oneself. The ultimate goal is to challenge students to think on their own and formulate one’s own worldview.

Philosophy Program Goals

  1. Educate the whole person by cultivating a personal philosophy, global awareness, and an understanding of the world as an interdependent system.
  2. Foster intellectual challenge through learning the history of philosophy and becoming familiar with contemporary philosophical questions and issues.
  3. Prepare students for graduate school education in both philosophy and other disciplines in the humanities.
  4. Develop graduates with critical thinking skills that prepare them for challenges in their careers after college.
  5. Cultivate argumentation skills of students through learning how arguments work, learning to question assumptions, and learning to craft logically sound arguments.

Clubs & Organizations – Philosophy Degree

APA – American Philosophical Association
The American Philosophical Association promotes the discipline and profession of philosophy, both within the academy and in the public arena. The APA supports the professional development of philosophers at all levels and works to foster greater understanding and appreciation of the value of philosophical inquiry.


Study Abroad Opportunities – Philosophy Programs

Finlandia believes it is important for the student to be exposed to the world. By fostering exchange relations with foreign learning institutions we are able to bring experts from around the world to teach on campus and offer students the opportunity to attend college overseas while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in philosophy.

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What you will learn

Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills by showing the ability to analyze and evaluate arguments. (Creative Insight, Analytic and Critical Thinking)
  • Formulate a personal worldview that is coherent, reasonable, and defendable. (Communication, Analytic and Critical Thinking)
  • Identify the various historical traditions of philosophy and differentiate between them. (Global Perspective, Creative Insight)
  • Apply knowledge from ethical and philosophical theories to everyday situations. (Creative Insight, Personal Perspective, Global Perspective)
  • Compare and contrast philosophies from the past and present. (Analytic and Critical Thinking)
  • Assess differing philosophical systems according to legitimacy and practicality. (Personal Perspective, Creative Insight)

Sample Courses (CORE)

  • Biomedical Ethics
    Provides a detailed understanding of many of the ethical arguments in health care concerning issues like abortion, euthanasia, clinical practice, justice in the allocation of health care, and others, from ethical-theoretical perspectives, including deontology, virtue ethics, utilitarianism, and feminism. Spring semester, even years.
  • Philosophy of Sex and Gender
    Provides an analysis of the understandings of sex and gender in the Western world through a philosophical lens. Primary questions include “What is sex?”; “Is one’s sexual orientation biologically given or socially constructed, or a combination of both?”; and “How does the conception of gender change historically in the Western world?” Major thinkers include Plato, Sigmund Freud, Simone de Beauvoir, Michel Foucault, and Judith Butler. Spring semester, odd years.
  • Existentialism
    Chronicles the existentialism movement of the 20th century by looking at some precursors to the movement in Kierkegaard and Dostoyevsky, and then the movement itself by looking at figures such as Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre, Camus, and de Beauvoir. Key concepts may include nihilism, the absurd, the re-evaluation of all values, and authenticity. Fall semester, even years. Prerequisite: PHL 101 or PHL 212.

Career Opportunities

Philosopher, Teacher, Lawyer, Politician, Businessperson, Editor, Professor
Jason OyadomariAssociate Professor of Biology & Dean of Suomi College of Arts and SciencesFinlandia Universityjason.oyadomari@finlandia.edu906-487-7381
Patricia GrosseAssistant Professor in PhilosophyFinlandia

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