The Department of Philosophy

"True wisdom comes to each of us when
we realize how little we know about life, ourselves, and the world around us."



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If philosophy sounds interesting to you, becoming a minor at Edgewood is a snap.


The philosophy minor program has three goals. Students graduating with a minor will demonstrate:

  • Breadth of understanding in the major areas of philosophical inquiry.
  • Depth of study of at least one philosophical theme or philosopher.
  • The practice of engaged philosophy in a life of service for a just and peaceful world.



Besides the intellectual challenge and personal enrichment that goes along with studying philosophy, there are a number of practical benefits in studying philosophy:

Philosophy helps you academically

Studying philosophy hones the mind. It increases our ability to think and reason effectively, to write and communicate clearly, and to understand difficult concepts. All of these skills translate to your other classes.

Philosophy helps further your education.

Are you considering graduate school after Edgewood? If so, you should know that students of philosophy score tend to score higher in graduate school entrance exams (GRE, LSAT, GMAT) than students in most other fields.


Philosophy helps you professionally.

Employers know that students of philosophy are well-rounded and know how to think and communicate effectively. Because of this, having a minor on your resume can make you stand out among the pool of job candidates.


18 Credits in Philosophy.

  • Arranged between the Department and the student.
  • Includes PHIL 479 (Independent Study).
  • A minimum of 9 credits must be completed at Edgewood.

*** Information about degree requirements and courses is provided here for unofficial reference only and should NOT be used as a replacement for advising.

It is imperative that you consult with your advisor to ensure you are meeting your degree requirements.