In the classical sense, philosophy represents an ongoing inquiry into the most basic issues of human existence. Plato, for instance, viewed philosophy as the pursuit of truth, beauty and justice.  More broadly, whatever concerns people, concerns philosophy. 

What philosophy majors study:

  • Human values and morality 
  • Existence of God 
  • Law government and citizenship 
  • Social justice 
  • Nature of reality apart from what it appears to be​


Our Program

The University’s philosophy program prepares individuals to use ideas and theories to address real-world issues in areas such as education, business, law, public policy, health care and the environment. Students may select a major or minor in applied philosophy or a minor in applied ethics.  Additionally, individualized programs of study can be created in consultation with a faculty adviser. 

Philosophy courses at the University of Findlay are consciously designed to be relevant for students, regardless of the person’s occupational or career interests. This process allows students to develop their skills of comprehension, communication and reasoning.

Every philosophy course is carefully designed to achieve the following overarching goals:
  • To further the University’s mission to equip students for meaningful lives and productive careers
  • To further the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Service's mission to prepare students for lives of critical thinking, cultural awareness, and service
  • To offer students a broad-based foundation of knowledge and skills allowing them to become life-long learners as members of a profession as well as a global society
  • To help students cultivate self-knowledge, develop critical thinking skills, complement other specializations, and strengthen career preparation


Program Highlights

Experienced Teachers
Nearly all philosophy courses are taught by full-time, professors who have their doctorate degrees and a wealth of teaching experience. Friendly faculty engages in interactive learning, lively discussions, and personalized instruction.

Practical Application
The philosophy program is responsive to the ever-changing global society. “Applied” philosophy and ethics apply ideas and principles to everyday situations whether it is related to education, business, law, public policy, health care or the environment.

Links with Other Disciplines
Philosophy courses count toward graduation requirements in eleven other programs such as religious studies, political science, and criminal justice, just to name a few.

Individual Attention and Curriculum Flexibility
Small classes make personal and meaningful classroom discussion and interaction possible. Program flexibility allows students to efficiently double-major to give additional value to your degree. Students have the opportunity to create an individualized program of study as well.