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  • Welcome the UW-La Crosse Philosophy Department!

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    Why philosophy?

    In philosophy, we look at the big questions: how we acquire knowledge, the nature of right and wrong, the meaning of beauty, the nature of the mind...just to name a few! In our courses, you'll learn to read carefully, think critically, and write clearly by examining responses to the big questions by thinkers from a variety of time periods and cultures. Maybe you'll even develop your own. 

    Philosophy: a major that pays! 

    According to a study published in the Wall Street Journal, graduates with an undergraduate degree in philosophy had the highest percentage increases in salary in their first 10 years after graduation, with average mid-career salaries ranging from $52,800 (25th percentile) to $127,000 (75th percentile).  That's right: philosophy is the #1 major that pays  Dollars

    Philosophy: great preparation for the LSAT, GRE, and more!

    number 1 Philosophy majors score higher than any other major on the GRE, with the highest overall scores and the highest scores on both the verbal and analytical writing sections.  Philosophy majors are currently tied for #2 (with economics) for highest LSAT scores, coming in just behind Physics.

    Philosophy majors also do well on the GMAT, and enjoy high rates of acceptance to medical school, compared to other majors.

    What can I do with a major in philosophy?

    With a major in philosophy, the possibilities are endless! Today's employers value college graduates who possess critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills and the ability to solve complex problems; in philosophy, you'll develop these skills by working on the hardest problems we can come up with.

    Our majors have gone on to do awesome things - check out some of their stories.


    Is a philosophy class right for me?


     Even if you're not planning to major or minor in philosophy, a philosophy class can enrich and deepen your understanding of your major area of study.  Many of our courses are interdisciplinary in nature - you are sure to find a course that fits your interests while fulfilling a GE requirement or supplementing your core area of study.

    Many of our students double major - see our Majors/Minors page for more details!


    News and Announcements:


     Attention Students: Submit your work to the Celebration of Student Research and Creativity!

    Attention students! Have you written a paper or completed a project that you feel very strongly about? Would you like to share it with the campus community as either an oral presentation or poster presentation? Consider submitting an abstract for the 2015 Celebration of Student Research and Creativity! More details will be coming shortly.  

     Dr. Tuttle Ross awarded Faculty Research Grant

     Congratulations to Dr. Tuttle Ross for her award of a Faculty Research Grant for Summer 2015!  The grant will support her project, "Postmodern, Postmillennial Romantic Comedies." 

     Attention Students: Biomedical Ethics Research Program

    Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN is currently inviting applications for their 2015 Summer Biomedical Ethics Research Program. The deadline for applications is January 15, 2015.  For more details, see the flier.

     Senior Capstone Presentations are Wednesday, 12/10

    Join us on Wednesday, 12/10 to hear Michaela Buskohl, David Schaal, and Samantha Rottscheit give their senior capstone presentations. We will meet in Centennial 2313 from 4:00 to approximately 5:30 PM, and light refreshments will be provided. See our events page for more details!

    Philosophy Club hosts Game Night

    The Philosophy Club Game Night on November 20th was a success! Everybody had a great time! Please join us for similar events in the future.  

    Phenomenology Lecture Series Talk: Edward Slingerland

    The Fall 2014 Phenomenology Lecture Series talk was a success!  Our guest speaker - Dr. Edward Slingerland of University of British Columbia -  addressed the theme of spontaneity through a careful analysis of Classical Chinese philosophy and contemporary cognitive science.  Following his presentation there was a lively Q&A. .


     Philosophy Club and Socrates Cafe offer opportunities to get more involved with philosophy (updated 9/17/14)

    After a brief hiatus, the Philosophy Club and Socrates Cafe are back for Fall 2014! Those interested in participating should check out the Philosophy Club tab, which is maintained by its student officers.  All students are welcome to join Philosophy Club and Socrates Cafe - you do not need to be a philosophy major. 

    Philosopher Wins Provost Teaching Excellence Award (8/28/14)

    Congratulations to Dr. Sam Cocks for receiving the Provost Teaching Excellence Award! Dr. Cocks was among six 2014 recipients of this prestigious award, whom were selected from over 400 student nominations across campus. 

    Visit Us:

     The Philosophy Department is located in Centennial Hall.  We're on the fourth floor: right off the elevator, left from the stairs.


    Department of Philosophy
    4102 Centennial Hall
    University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
    La Crosse, WI 54601
    Phone: 608.785.8424

    View our most recent bylaws (approved 5/2014).