- Offered as:
Philosophy is the attempt to answer certain broad-ranging, fundamental questions: What sorts of things can we really claim to know? What is ultimately real? What makes for a morally right act or a just society? Our faculty specialize in bioethics, ethical theory and applied ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of language and science, and the philosophy of religion.
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
- General Philosophy
- Philosophy Pre-Law
- Requirements and core courses
- 24 completed semester credits
- 2.0 GPA for general philosophy
- 2.5 GPA for philosophy/pre-law
Suggested classes for freshmen
PHIL 101: Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 103: Introduction to Ethics
PHIL 201: Elementary Logic
Transfer students should contact an advisor to determine which courses are needed.
Any UCORE, most commonly:
MATH 105: Exploring Mathematics
MATH 212: Introduction to Statistical Methods
PHIL 201: Elementary Logic (strongly recommended)
PHIL 101: Introduction to Philosophy -or- PHIL 103: Introduction to Ethics
PHIL 201: Elementary Logic
- Scholarships and financial aid
A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs.
For students in philosophy
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 for philosophy majors are available from the College of Liberal Arts.
For all students at WSU
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.
To be considered for scholarships and financial aid from WSU, you'll need to:
- Complete the WSU general scholarship application — all students need to do this 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 deadlines, departmental scholarships, application instructions, and general information.
- Strengths of the program
- Our majors enable students to explore critically a variety of systems of beliefs and values, to identify and challenge the foundations of their own beliefs and values, and to develop critical thinking and communication skills that are in high demand and central to success in all professions.
- Philosophy majors, on average, perform better than any other major on professional and graduate school admission tests that are required for admission to law school, medical school, business administration programs, and graduate school. (GRE, LSAT, and GMAT)
- Our recent graduates have attended law school at Penn State and the University of Virginia and PhD programs in philosophy at Boston College and Concordia University (Canada).
- The Potter Lecture brings an internationally known philosopher to Washington State University each year. Former Potter lecturers include Noam Chomsky, Bernard Rollin, and Daniel C. Dennett.
- Careers in philosophy
What you can do with a degree in Philosophy
• Medical ethics
Skills you can market with a degree in philosophy
• Ability to analyze and synthesize complex ideas
• Ability to construct effective, cogent arguments
• Ability to recognize ethical dimensions of situations
• Strong research and analytical skills
• Logic, critical thinking, and problem solving skills
• Effective written and oral comprehension skills
• Cultural awareness and sensitivity
• Ability to work independently or as a team member