Philosophy Fundamentals

Philosophy plays a central role in the understanding of ourselves and the world around us. 

Our comprehensive curriculum covers such philosophical topics as:

  • ethics
  • bioethics
  • logic
  • history of philosophy
  • philosophy of mind
  • philosophy of science

We offer four bachelor's degrees.

  1. BA Philosophy
  2. BA Social Sciences, PPE track (Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics)
  3. BA Social Sciences, PSP track (Philosophy, Sociology and Psychology)
  4. BA Philosophy/Law (JD) 3+3 Accelerated

We offer certificates in:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Police Ethics

We offer minors in:

  • General Philosophy
  • Bioethics
  • Ethics
  • Philosophy of Religions
  • Philosophy of Science and Religion
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Pre-Law Philosophy

Other than the General Philosophy minor and the Ethics minor, all are interdisciplinary, which means six of the credits can be earned from select courses in other departments.

Interested in a law degree?

You can earn your bachelor’s in political science and a UA law degree in six years instead of seven. To complete law school, you typically need four years to complete a bachelor’s degree and three years to complete a law degree. Learn more about our 3+3 Program.

Our Faculty

  • are innovative and interactive
  • win teaching awards
  • have a wide range of research interests

Akron Advantage

Philosophy Student Organization

Interact with other philosophy students and professionals in the field through organizations such as: 

  • Philosophy Club

Sample Curriculum


These guides show the classes that are required to earn the degree or certificate.



MORE: See details about all our degree options.

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For More Information:

Department of Philosophy

Contact: Dr. Dimitria Gatzia

Career Opportunities

A degree in philosophy provides a valuable background for virtually any occupation, including:

  • judges
  • editors
  • lobbyists
  • social workers
  • bankers
  • human resource managers
  • theologians

Career preparation

Our coursework prepares you for such professional areas as:

  • Law, medicine, business, journalism, education, government, foreign service and more.

See our home page, where our professors discuss the benefits of studying philosophy.

Career Services

Career Services is located in Student Union 211, with another office in College of Arts and Sciences Building 126. Career Services provides career coaching and programming, and develops valuable relationships with employers and campus partners to provide students with many opportunities for experiential learning and career development.