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Welcome UW-La Crosse's Philosophy Department!

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! 

Do philosophy majors really earn more than accounting majors??? Recent research suggests they just might! 

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).  Philosophy is also the top-earning bachelor degree in the humanities, as reported recently.  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 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!

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

Centennial Hall at night