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What is the nature of reality? What is knowledge? Is my will free? What is the difference between right and wrong? What is the relation between the mind and the body? What is the meaning of life? Philosophers use reason and argument in the attempt to answer these questions. If this interests you, then explore a major or a certificate in philosophy at UW-Eau Claire!

Transferable skills

As a Philosophy major, you’ll develop strong analytical reasoning, problem-solving and communication skills that will make you extremely valuable to employers, as well as broaden your intellectual horizons and enhance your capacity for self-expression. A major in philosophy is excellent preparation for a career in the law and for almost any career you can think of. Think philosophy isn’t practical? Think again. Looking at midcareer salaries, Philosophy majors on average earn what accounting majors earn and outearn advertising, marketing, communications, psychology, chemistry and nursing majors, to name a few. Click here to learn more about Philosophy’s learning goals and outcomes.


The major is an excellent background for graduate study in a variety of areas. In fact, philosophy majors consistently score in the highest percentile of the LSAT, GMAT and GRE exams (exams often required for graduate school admission) and go on to study in first-rate graduate and professional programs

Applied student experience

As a Philosophy major or minor, you have the opportunity to participate in faculty-mentored research projects; to intern in philosophy courses at a local high school; to engage in directed, independent study of topics of special interest to you; and to present your original research to the university community.

High caliber faculty

The philosophy faculty are dedicated to student learning and committed to active, engaged scholarship.

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Philosophy, Liberal Arts


Philosophy, Liberal Arts
Ethic Certificare

Suggested freshman curriculum

• Basic Philosophical
• Ethical Reasoning
• Logic and Critical
• Ancient Philosophy

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Our graduates

Positions held by philosophy graduates include researcher, policy analyst, youth minister, teacher, and development or program manager. Graduates have also continued education at law school or graduate school in various fields.

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Places you’ll find recent graduates:

• Judicator, State of Wisconsin
• Law student, UW-Madison,
  University of New Hampshire
• Graduate student,
  Information Science,
  University of North
  Carolina-Chapel Hill
• Programmer Analyst,
  Compuware Corp.,
  Madison, WI
• Web Developer, SeaMonster
  Studios, Seattle
• Community Relations
  Coordinator, United Cerebral
  Eleva, WI
• Graduate student,
  Composition, California
  Institute of the Arts,
  Pasadena, CA
• Ph.D., Philosophy,
  Florida State University

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Bonnie Clark

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