College of Liberal Arts

Philosophy offers the opportunity to pursue studies in both traditional and contemporary areas of philosophical inquiry.  There are faculty working in the history of philosophy from antiquity to the present, and in most areas of contemporary Anglo-American and Continental European philosophy.  Employers value articulateness, clarity of expression, logical rigor and analytical skills, which our courses provide ample opportunity to sharpen.  Possible careers include analyst, lawyer, sales professional, manager, professor and editor.

Philosophy Website

Plan of Study


Transfer GPA and Course Requirements

Purdue admits to individual majors. Many majors require that applicants have completed specific coursework, and all have a suggested minimum GPA. The criteria for this major are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these criteria are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students.

Minimum GPA: 2.2


Contact Information

Undergraduate Student Recruitment Office
Phone: 765-494-6291


Philosophy majors go on to successful careers in law, education, medicine, publishing, business, marketing, management, government service, computer science, and the clergy, for example. Pursuing graduate studies in philosophy and becoming a philosophy professor is not a likely path for most since the number of positions is quite limited; nonetheless, some of our majors elect this course, with our support. Virtually every employer values the skills that are cultivated in philosophy courses: articulateness, clarity of expression, logical rigor and analysis, critical reflection, and argumentation.  In many careers, philosophical knowledge and understanding can be valuable assets, especially for those in leadership positions.  Perhaps this is why recent studies show that, on average, those with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy “advance” more quickly within their careers than those of any other major.

Related Career Interests

Religion and Spirituality

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