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Philosophy

ARE YOU FASCINATED BY THE BIG QUESTIONS? LIKE THE MEANING OF LIFE OR THE NATURE OF REALITY? CONSIDER MAJORING IN PHILOSOPHY. IT’S THE ANCHOR OF THE LIBERAL ARTS TRADITION. YOU’LL GRADUATE WITH BROAD KNOWLEDGE AND THE ABILITY TO THINK CRITICALLY.

EMBARK ON A QUEST

Philosophy is the quest for a comprehensive understanding of human existence. In your classes, you’ll explore the rational justification of logical inferences, human values, the criteria for establishing claims of knowledge and truth, and the interpretations of the nature of reality. You’ll study ancient and modern philosophers, from Socrates and Plato to John Locke and Immanuel Kant.

As a philosophy major, you’ll learn to analyze problems and to think and write clearly. This solid academic foundation prepares you for graduate programs in law, medicine, theology or another advanced field. In fact, philosophy majors receive some of the highest scores nationally on the LSAT exam, second only to math/physics majors.

At ONU, you’re guaranteed to learn just as much outside the classroom as you do inside. You can attend national academic conferences, engage in internships, undertake independent studies or assist professors with research. You can play sports, perform with a musical ensemble or join a social club.

From the moment you arrive on campus, you’ll feel at home. You’ll become part of a close-knit family. You’ll enjoy small class sizes and amazing friendships. Our dedicated professors will get to know you. They will help you grow intellectually and professionally. They will become personally invested in your success – in college and beyond. 

When you graduate with a philosophy degree from ONU, you’ll have the knowledge, skills and confidence to go wherever your interests lead you!

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OPPORTUNITY ABOUNDS

OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO

Imagine traveling to a major city with your professors and peers to attend a national conference. Or compete in the Ethics Bowl with other undergraduate teams and analyze cases on a wide variety of ethical issues. We believe a well-rounded education includes opportunities to travel, experience new places and meet new people, and stretch your comfort zone. These opportunities are here for you to grab.

LET’S DEBATE

We have an impressive Mock Trial program, and our teams compete across the Midwest. In fact, in the past five years, we’ve garnered 45 individual or team awards at Midwest competitions. Participating in Mock Trial is an excellent way to develop your analytical and persuasion skills. 



Phoebe Stroebe

THINK SUCCESS

PHOEBE STROEBE BA WITH A DEGREE IN PHILOSOPHY ’09, JD ’12

Majoring in philosophy equipped me with the skills to dissect and comprehend almost any problem or concept. It taught me that learning is a lifestyle, not a chore, and every circumstance is an opportunity to expand one’s knowledge.

Phoebe Stroebe felt compelled to know the underlying fabric of knowledge before she chose a specific field. She knew that a philosophy background would equip her for a variety of professions. At ONU, she founded the Philosophy Club, an informal group for students interested in philosophy, and she tutored non-majors who were struggling in their philosophy classes. After graduation, she attended ONU’s Pettit College of Law. Today, she’s a practicing attorney for WilmerHale in Dayton. “My philosophy background clearly gave me an advantage. It taught me to write logically and persuasively, to recognize when assumptions could be made and heuristics applied, and not to be daunted by seemingly overwhelming problems.”

OUTCOMES AND COURSES

SOLID OUTCOMES

  • We boast an excellent placement rate for our philosophy majors. In the past five years, 89% of our students found full-time employment or were enrolled in graduate school within six months after graduation.
  • Recent philosophy graduates have attended the following law schools: University of Michigan; Ohio State University; University of Toledo; and Ohio Northern University. Some graduates also went to seminaries like Wesley Theological Seminary and a graduate school at University of Twente in Netherlands.

COURSES

Here are some courses you’ll take as a philosophy major:

  • Political Philosophy
  • Ethical Theory
  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of Identity
  • Philosophy of Film
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Asian Philosophies
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Theories of Human Nature
  • Ethics Justice and Law
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Logic
  • Professional Ethics
  • Environmental Ethics

WHERE COULD YOU END UP?

POSSIBLE JOBS

Philosophy is a versatile major, and you could find employment in almost any field, including:

  • Law 
  • Business 
  • Government 
  • Health care 
  • Ministry 
  • Nonprofit

ALUMNI SUCCESS

Check out where some of our recent philosophy graduates have ended up: Staff Attorney at Lucas County Children Services in Toledo, PhD Student in Education and Community Based Action Research at University of Cincinnati, pastor at Niles First United Methodist Church in Niles, OH, a law student at Ohio State University and a graduate student at the University of Twente in the Netherlands.

Philosophy and Religion Department

Beth Buist

419-772-2195
b-buist@onu.edu
Burgett Hall 124
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed