Philosophy is the oldest, broadest, and most fundamental form of inquiry. At the University of Illinois, instruction in the field of philosophy is multifaceted. Issues in logic, the nature of right and wrong, the history of philosophy, the character of reality, how we come to have knowledge, what science has to say about our world, and more are all taught and studied in our classrooms.
The Department of Philosophy offers two majors (one in conjunction with Computer Science) and a minor, each of which contains introductory courses, other intermediate courses, and advanced-level (300- and 400-level) courses. The specific requirements of these different options are set out below.