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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!


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

    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! Some of our courses fulfill general education requirements, and others make great electives to fulfill an upper-division humanities requirement.


    News and Announcements:

     Join us at the Minors Fair! (10/7/14)

    Are you interested in learning more about the philosophy minor and how it can help YOU succeed in your current degree program? Join us at the CLS Minors Fair on November 6, from 12-1 PM, in Valhalla. We look forward to speaking with you about the philosophy minor!

     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. 

     Edward Slingerland visit (updated 9/12/12)

    We are excited to announce that Dr. Edward Slingerland will be speaking at 4:30 PM on Wednesday, October 29 in 1400 Centennial Hall. Professor Slingerland is currently Professor of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia and Canada Research Chair in Chinese thought and embodied cognition. Please see our events page for more details and a downloadable flyer.

    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).