Why Philosophy?

Study Philosophy at Illinois

If you’re interested in making a difference through critical thinking and logical analysis, consider applying to the Department of Philosophy at the University of Illinois.

‘Philosophy’ comes from the Greek words meaning love of wisdom. Philosophy uses the tools of logic and reason to analyze the ways in which humans experience the world. It teaches critical thinking, close reading, clear writing, and logical analysis; it uses these to understand the language we use to describe the world, and our place in it.

Some of the topics you will be introduced to in our program are ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, the history of philosophy, philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, political philosophy, and more.

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Illinois has three core missions:

  • to pursue scholarship across a range of key philosophical areas
  • to contribute to the education of our undergraduates by offering a wide array of stimulating courses
  • to train professional philosophers in a vibrant graduate program

Our department will offer you hands-on experience during your time on campus. You can:

  • Be a part of various philosophy workshops
  • Attend talks by leading figures in philosophy
  • Conduct independent research with a professor

While you’re here, you’ll connect with student groups like  Phi Sigma Tau (Philosophy Club) and can network with graduate students, professors, alumni, and other professionals through organizations like  The Illinois Philosophical Association and conferences like  The University of Illinois Annual Graduate Student Philosophy Conference.

What can you do with a Philosophy degree? We’ll give you excellent preparation for a range of occupations. See  What Can I Do with a Philosophy Degree? Our program will also serve you well if you decide to pursue a graduate education in philosophy, law, medical, or business school. See ‘Philosophy: Is It Right For You?’

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