Majors, minors & more
College of Arts and Sciences
- Offered as:
The School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs offers course work in all major areas of philosophy. These include traditional systematic topics such as ethics, philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, aesthetics, metaphysics, and logic; the history of philosophy; and a series of courses in applied philosophy, such as biomedical, business, and environmental ethics.
- Strengths of the program
- Learn to think logically, analyze and solve problems, assess the pros and cons of proposals, write and speak clearly, attend to details, and ask the right questions.
- Philosophy students do exceptionally well on such exams as the Graduate Record Exam, Law School Admission Test, and Graduate Management Admission Test.
- Each year the Potter Memorial Lectureship and the Inland Northwest Philosophy Conference bring philosophers of national or international reputation to campus.
- The school has a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching. Philosophy courses (including introductory courses) are taught by faculty members — not by graduate teaching assistants.
- Requirements and core courses
A minor in ethics requires 18 hours, at least 15 of which must be from ethics courses within philosophy, such as:
Phil 103—Introduction to Ethics
Phil 360—Business Ethics
Phil 365—Biomedical Ethics
Phil 370—Environmental Ethics
Phil 460—Ethical Theory
Phil 462—Women and Ethics
Phil 472—Social/Political Philosophy
Three credit hours may, with school approval, be from an ethics course in the student's major or in another department. At least 9 of the 18 hours must be in upper-division course work.
Note: See the See the WSU Catalog for degree requirements and talk with your academic advisor about planning and scheduling your courses. All students must meet requirements as outlined in the catalog in order to graduate.
- Scholarships and financial aid
A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs
For philosophy students
The School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs offers a series of Young Philosopher Scholarships to freshmen and sophomores. Scholarships memorializing Frank Potter, the first philosophy teacher at WSU, are available for junior and senior philosophy students.
Additional scholarships are available from the College of Liberal Arts and the University.
For all students
Washington State University awards millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships to students every year based on financial need, academic merit, or a combination of the two.
All students should do these three things:
- Complete the WSU general scholarship application — this allows you to be considered for scholarships from the University.
- Fill out the FAFSA to see if you're eligible for aid based on financial need.
- See the Scholarships and Finances section of the WSU admissions website for links to departmental scholarship info, deadlines, and general instructions.
- Careers in philosophy
The career fields for people with a philosophy degree include business, computers, education, journalism, government, law, medicine, publishing, real estate, religion, and much more.
Philosophy graduates can take on new responsibilities and adapt to new careers more readily than those whose training is tightly focused on narrowly defined career goals. To get the best of both worlds, some philosophy majors also minor or double major in fields more obviously connected to the careers they intend to pursue.